Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar’s parole extended for three days

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to extend the parole of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, her daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd. ) Safdar for three days to attend the last rites of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz on Friday.

They will remain within the boundaries of Jati Umra and will only be allowed to meet their family members.

The Sharif family was earlier released from Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail on 12-hour parole hours Kulsoom Nawaz passed away in a London hospital.

They were escorted by police to the Nur Khan airbase from where they were taken to Lahore. Residence of Sharif family in Jati Umra has been declared sub-jail following their arrival.

The funeral prayer of Kulsoom will be offered on Thursday in London’s Regent Park mosque.

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and other family members have flown to London to attend the funeral and bring Kulsoom’s body back to Pakistan.

A PIA flight carrying the casket will fly from Heathrow airport tomorrow at 10pm. It will arrive in Pakistan on Friday at 6am after which a second funeral prayer will be held at Jati Umra.

Kulsoom will be laid to rest the same day beside the grave of her father-in-law Mian Sharif at Jati Umra. Nawaz Sharif sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz won’t be in Lahore to attend the funeral prayers owing to legal complications.

On the other hand, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar have been released on parole from Adiala Jail and shifted to Jati Umra.

On Tuesday, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz passed away at London’s Harley Street Clinic after a prolonged battle with cancer.

The news was confirmed by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif. Kulsoom Nawaz is survived by her husband and four children, Hassan, Hussain, Maryam and Asma.

“My sister-in-law and wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is no more. May her soul rest in peace, ” Shehbaz Sharif said in a twitter announcement.

“Nawaz Sharif had always consulted Kulsoom Nawaz during his tough hours. She [Kulsoom Nawaz] challenged dictatorship courageously, ” stated Shehbaz while adding at the same time late Kulsoom’s affiliation with democracy was proven and time-tested.

Shehbaz added nation will always remember services of Kulsoom Nawaz for democracy.