Nawaz Sharif denied helper in jail, asked to maintain room on his own

Pakistan former premier Nawaz Sharif has been asked to maintain his jail room on his own. According to a report, the Punjab province government on Wednesday refused to provide him a prisoner who could serve as his orderly.

The report in the Dawn said Punjab's Inspector General of Prisons Shahid Saleem Beg said on Wednesday that Punjab government decided that it could not provide a prisoner to Sharif who could serve as his orderly and that he would have to maintain his room on his own. The prisons chief said “Nawaz Sharif has been asked to maintain his room" to serve out the seven-year rigorous imprisonment handed down to him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills/Hill Metal Establishment reference.

Sharif has been serving a seven-year jail term in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case. Being a former prime minister, he is entitled to better facilities including an orderly who is from prisoners. Speaking to media personnel in the presence of Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar at the Governor House, the prisons chief said Sharif's case was highly sensitive and he could not be allowed to go outside his barracks in the prison.  He said Sharif's rigour had been kept within his barracks.