AUG 30, 2018: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said he can’t provide the desired “relief” to former premier Nawaz Sharif and can only meet him in Adiala jail after retirement, reports Pakistan Defence website citing local TV outlet ARY News.
Talking to reporters in London, the president said people can object if they want but he will meet the incarcerated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lifelong leader for the bond he shares with the latter.
When asked if he will use his power to provide “relief” to members of Sharif family, he said he can’t do that and can only meet the imprisoned members of the family in jail after retirement.
Mr. Hussain’s tenure as President of Pakistan will end on September 9, 2018. A new president will be elected on September 5th with PTI candidate Dr. Arif Alvi emerging as the strongest candidate to become the new head of state.
Mamnoon Hussain’s former party leader Nawaz Sharif was arrested on July 13 along with his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif when the duo returned to the country prior to elections on July 25. The arrest was in compliance with July 6 court order in the Avenfield properties corruption related reference case.
Accountability court had handed NSharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income, and 1 year for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the the reference filed by anti-graft agency.
His daughter Maryam Nawaz was given 7 years for abatement, and her spouse Capt. (retd) Safdar was given 1 year for non-cooperation with the agency.
Nawaz Sharif is facing two more corruption references in the accountability court – Al-Azizia Steel Mill and Flagship Investments. Hearings are taking place at accountability court-II in capital Islamabad.