Islamabad (Staff Report): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been shifted to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison from Adiala jail, Rawalpindi.
Nawaz was arrested and taken to Adiala jail on Monday after an accountability court hearing the corruption references against Sharif family sentenced Nawaz to seven years jail and slapped a fine of Rs1.5 billion in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case but acquitted the former premier in Flagship Investment reference.
After listening to the verdict, Nawaz had appealed the court to shift him to Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore instead of Adiala jail, Rawalpindi.
Judge Arshad Malik accepted Nawaz’s request despite NAB's objection.
On Tuesday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) brought Nawaz to Lahore via a special charter flight from Nur Khan Airbase.
According to sources, a B-class room furnished with a TV set, bed, blanket, heater, chair and a table has been allotted to Nawaz at Kot Lakhpat Jail. The former premier has been provided with a helper and will also be allowed food from home.
Nawaz and his brother, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, will share the same compound but different rooms at Kot Lakhpat prison, they said.
The judge in his 131-page judgment in Al-Azizia corruption reference concluded that the prosecution (NAB) successfully established all the ingredients of the offence of corruption and corrupt practices against Nawaz Sharif as defined under section 9 (a) (v) of the NAO 1999 read with section 14 (c).
“Thereof as per the charge framed for holding and being true and real beneficial owner of the assets, the Al Azizia Steel Company Limited (ASCL), the Hill Metal Establishment (HME) and related remittances, beyond his known sources of income as he failed to establish contrary thereto.”
The order said Nawaz Sharif and his sons – Hussain and Hassan – are very closely related and members of a tightly knit, monolithic, patriarchal family with close association and jointly held financial business interests. There is nothing on record to suggest that there is any hostility between the three.
It also held that claim of Sharif that he has no beneficial interest or share in ASCL is unsubstantiated, false and fabricated and his son Hussain Nawaz was never the exclusive nor real and beneficial owner.