Nawaz Sharif re­leased on pa­role for wife’s fu­neral

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Islamabad, Pak­istan - Pak­istan’s jailed for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his daugh­ter have been tem­po­rar­ily re­leased on pa­role for the fu­neral of his wife, gov­ern­ment and party sources said on Wed­nes­day.

Kul­soom Nawaz died of can­cer in Lon­don on Tues­day, two months af­ter her hus­band and daugh­ter re­turned to Pak­istan and were im­me­di­ately jailed for cor­rup­tion.

Sharif had trav­elled home in a bid to rally sup­port for his Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party days be­fore a bitterly fought gen­eral elec­tion.

Hand­out pic­tures re­leased by PML-N on Wed­nes­day showed Sharif and his daugh­ter Maryam aboard a plane af­ter their re­lease on Tues­day and ar­riv­ing in the city of La­hore, where the for­mer first lady’s fu­neral will be held.

The pair ‘have ini­tially been re­leased for 12 hours to at­tend the fu­neral but the re­lease can be ex­tended by the home depart­ment’, an of­fi­cial at Rawalpindi cen­tral jail said.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ported the fu­neral would be held on Fri­day, with their pa­role likely to last un­til af­ter the ser­vice con­cluded.

Sharif’s wife Nawaz (68) had been at her hus­band’s side through­out his decades-long po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, which saw him elected prime min­is­ter of Pak­istan three times.

She was di­ag­nosed with lym­phoma in Au­gust last year and had been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Lon­don for months.

Sharif was ousted from his third premier­ship by the Supreme Court a month be­fore his wife’s di­ag­no­sis.

Con­spir­acy the­o­ries claim­ing that Nawaz was ac­tu­ally healthy, and that the Shar­ifs were fak­ing her ill­ness to gain sym­pa­thy, swirled in the fi­nal weeks of Pak­istan’s ac­ri­mo­nious elec­tion cam­paign.

(AFP)

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