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Sharif, Maryam will have to apply for 'Better Class' jail facility

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Ousted Sharif will be sent to a jail in the 'Better Class' category by virtue of being a former parliamentarian, but his daughter Maryam can avail the facility only if she proves that she has paid at least Rs 600,000 as annual income tax, according to authorities.

Sharif and Maryam were convicted by a in the Avenfield Apartments reference and sentenced to 10 and 7 years in jail respectively.

The father-daughter duo will be arrested upon their arrival at the on Friday from where they are looking after Sharif's wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from throat cancer and has been on ventilator since June 14 after a cardiac arrest.

"Sharif will be sent to a jail in the Better Class' category by virtue of being a former parliamentarian, but Maryam can avail the facility only if she proves that she has paid at least Rs 600,000 as annual income tax," Dawn reported, citing authorities.

They would have to submit an application requesting a Better Class jail, as it won't automatically apply to them. Furthermore, the jails would not be furnished with an air-conditioner or a refrigerator.

"This is what the family can get under the law," the paper quoted a as saying.

"Capt (retd.) Muhammad Safdar, Sharif's son-in-law, can also get a Better Class jail after submitting an application. He had not applied for it in writing by last evening and was therefore not given a jail in that category," an official source was quoted as saying.

Officials said the British--era categories of A, B or C class jails in the province do not apply anymore. The classification was changed to Better Class and Ordinary Class through an amendment to the Jails Rules on a direction of the few years ago.

Under the rules, 68-year-old Sharif can get a Better Class jail if he submits an application requesting it. However, the rules do not provide additional privilege to any former or serving president, or chief minister.

Since Maryam is neither a former nor serving gazetted military or civil officer, like her husband, or a sitting or former parliamentarian, like her father, she can claim Better Class only if she proves, with documents, that she has paid at least an annual income tax of Rs 600,000, the paper said.

The Better Class jails have limited facilities. Those availing the option are entitled to books and newspapers, a 21-inch television, a table and a chair, a mattress, personal bedding and clothing and The prisoners have to pay for all this themselves. The government is only obligated to provide them security in a high-security ward where they will be kept away from other prisoners.

According to the legal procedure, the (NAB) will have to produce Sharif and Maryam before the who had convicted them. The will then give the NAB a warrant of contract, which would carry details of the punishment given to them and directions to the to take them into custody, the paper said.

Officials said it is the who decides which prison the convicts will be kept in initially. But Sharif and his daughter are likely to be confined to Adiala Jail, because it has a secluded high-security ward.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 16:30 IST