Nawaz Sharif meets daughter Maryam for the first time since arrest

Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday (19) met his daughter Maryam for the first time after being arrested last week in the Avenfield reference case.

While addressing the media outside Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Pervaiz Rasheed said he and other party leaders also met Nawaz, reported news agency PTI.

Nawaz was given 10 years of imprisonment and fined eight million pounds, while Maryam was sentenced to eight years in jail and fined two million pounds. They were convicted in the case related to the ownership of luxury flats in London.

According to another news report, Nawaz and his daughter Maryam may be shifted from the high-security Adiala jail to Sihala Rest House due to security concerns. Reports indicate that some prisoners started chanting slogans against Nawaz on Thursday morning, following which Adiala jail authorities have limited his movements.

The three-time prime minister will also not be allowed to pray in the mosque, Dawn News reported.

“A bomb disposal squad visited Sihala Police College last last night to comb the premises to ensure there are no explosives in case the former premier and his daughter are moved to Sihala,” a senior security official was quoted as saying.

Adiala jail is also be considered unsafe for the prime minister jail due to the presence of high-profile prisoners convicted in terrorism cases, the official added. Security has been tightened in and around Adiala jail due to the large number of people attempting to meet Nawaz and Maryam.