Jailed Pakistani ex-prime minister Sharif released for wife's funeral

Islamabad – Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been temporarily released from jail so that he can attend his wife's funeral, officials and family members said Wednesday.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband were also released overnight Tuesday to accompany the former leader to the eastern city of Lahore for the funeral, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said.
Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz died at a clinic in London on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 68. Her body was scheduled to reach Pakistan for burial on Friday, Sharif’s political secretary Asif Kirmani said.
The three-time prime minister and his daughter are currently serving jail terms in Pakistan following their conviction by a court on corruption charges. 
Sharif was released for 12 hours, according to Pakistan’s prison rules, but the duration was likely to be extended until all the rituals are performed, a jail official told dpa.
Sharif was not allowed to return to Pakistan from exile in Saudi Arabia to attend his father's funeral in 2004.
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his fellow generals were at the time criticized for the decision.


Wednesday, September 12th 2018

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