Nawaz shifted to Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was shifted to Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

Nawaz was shifted to Lahore under the oversight of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials from Nur Khan Airbase via a special flight.

Outside Adiala Jail, party workers chanted slogans in support of Nawaz as he left.

Punjab Home Secretary captain (r) Fazeel Asghar said that B-class facilities for Nawaz have been prepared at Kot Lakhpat Jail.

He explained that Nawaz will be stationed in the same compound of the prison as his brother Shehbaz Sharif.

Further, stringent measures have been taken to ensure security as well.

An accountability court on Monday sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference and ordered that his Hill Metal Establishment properties be seized.

The former premier, however, was acquitted in the Flagship Investments reference.

Following the judgement, Nawaz was taken into custody from the courtroom. His lawyer Khawaja Haris requested the judge that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo be shifted to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Central Jail instead of Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. The court, after reserving its verdict on the request, agreed but said he would be sent to Adiala for the night and to Kot Lakhpat on Tuesday.

As part of the sentence, the court also imposed a fine of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million on Nawaz — a total of Rs5bn. A disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office is part of the sentences awarded to Nawaz and will go into effect following his release from jail after serving the seven-year sentence.

The reference pertains to the Sharifs being unable to justify the source of the funds provided to set up Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment in Saudi Arabia, making this a case of owning assets beyond means.

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