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Nawaz Sharif meets Punjab, KP governors in Adiala prison

RAWALPINDI: Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Zafar Iqbal Jhagra have met Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Mian Nawaz Sharif in Adiala jail, sources told ARY News on Monday.

According to ARY News correspondent, the two governors have used their influence to met the former premier in prison and the meetings have been kept secret.

The governors had reportedly also not taken the jail officials’ permission to meet the former premier who is serving jail time in compliance with a July 6 court verdict in Avenfield case.

Nawaz Sharif was arrested on July 13 along with his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif when the duo returned to the country. The arrest was in compliance with July 6 court order against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retired) Safdar.

The PML-N supreme leader was awarded 10 years in prison, while his daughter Maryam and her spouse Capt. Safdar were handed seven years’ and one year’s prison term, respectively.

Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered forfeiture of their properties in the Avenfield Apartments and Park Lane of London. He imposed a fine of £8 million (approximately Rs1,292m) on the former premier and £2 million (approximately Rs323m) on his daughter.

Besides, three convicts were awarded an additional one-year imprisonment, which will run concurrently for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The PML-N leaders had filed an appeal against conviction in Islamabad High Court (IHC) which issued separate notices to the NAB Tuesday on Nawaz Sharif’s plea to transfer the remaining corruption cases against him to another judge as well as on the Sharif family’s appeals against the Avenfield verdict.

The court dismissed their requests to stay the corruption trial of the remaining references, as well as the Avenfield verdict, till their appeals are decided by the IHC.

Nawaz and family are thus likely to remain in jail until the election as the hearing was adjourned for the last week of July.

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