Nawaz helps fellow prisoner get out of jail


LAHORE: Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif assisted another convicted prisoner get bail, a local news outlet reported on Wednesday.

Sawar Hussain, a prisoner in Kot Lakhpat Jail who served as orderly (personal help) to the former premier, was undergoing a jail term in a murder case. The court had sentenced him to 14 years in prison in 2009.

PML-N lawyers filed the bail petition of Sarwar Hussain at Lahore High Court (LHC) presumably on the direction of PML-N leaders. The court ordered the release of the prisoner by suspending his sentence. The bench hearing the petition said that Sarwar had served a large part of his sentence and if his jail term had not been suspended, he would have served his full term till the court’s decision on his appeal.

“Serving a full jail sentence till a decision on appeal will be equal to an advanced sentence,” the bench remarked on the relief provided to the prisoner.

Reportedly, the prisoner served the former premier in the best way so Nawaz directed the lawyers to file a petition for the suspension of his jail sentence. The party lawyers also paid 200,000 surety bonds for his release.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday granted bail to Nawaz for six weeks on medical grounds. The former premier was serving a seven-year sentence at the Kot Lakhpat Jail which was handed down to him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.