Nawaz Sharif tried to secure his release through two friendly nations: Imran Khan

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 02 July 2019, 08:03 AM
Nawaz Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018
Nawaz Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif tried to secure his release with the help of two friendly countries. Not revealing the names of the nations, Khan said that they just conveyed him the message but did not press for Sharif’s release. “They told me that we will not interfere,” said Khan.

Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the apex court’s July 28, 2017 order in Panama Papers case. In May, the apex court rejected his review petition seeking bail on medical grounds and permission to go abroad for medical treatment.

Pakistan's anti-corruption body on Monday arrested jailed former president Asif Ali Zardari in a corruption case. He is already in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a multi-million dollar money laundering case along with his sister. According to the NAB, the duo made transactions of Rs 150 million through alleged fake bank accounts.

The 63-year-old co-chairman of the Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and husband of the country's first woman prime minister Benazir Bhutto was this time arrested in the Park Lane case which is related to the alleged properties in London.

Asif Ali Zardari became the co-chairman of PPP after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

His arrest came after he withdrew his interim bail applications filed with the Islamabad High Court against.

Asif Ali Zardari said that he withdrew the plea as the NAB would come up with more fake cases if he was granted bail.

Last week, he appeared in Parliament for the first time after being arrested and called for an end to his arrest, saying it would not make a difference rather create fear among the people.

The NAB is expected to seek his remand in the Park Lane case.

Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur were already facing charges of using fake accounts to park multi-million dollar money and sending it abroad. Both were arrested last month and both have denied the charges.

First Published: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 08:03 AM
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