Soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements to withdraw B class jail facilities including television and Air conditioner (AC), the Punjab government has reportedly asked Inspector General of Police (IGP) Prisons Shahid Saleem Baig to remove air-conditioner (AC) from the cell of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, though Kot Lakhpat jail superintendent and some Home Department officials denied having any such information.
A letter, reportedly written by Punjab Home Department to the IGP on July 17, says, “The following directions of prime minister have been intimated for implementation and report: ‘No preferential treatment be given to the criminals and money-launders in the prison in Punjab’.”
Kot Lakhpat Jail Superintendent Chaudhry Ijaz Asghar, when contacted, said that the jail administration did not receive any letter regarding removal of AC and TV from the cell of Nawaz Sharif. According to the jail manual, he added, Nawaz Sharif could have a television set, and a bed, but not an air-conditioner. However, he added, ex-premier had been provided the AC facility on the recommendation of doctors. Provincial information department also declined to comment on the matter when contacted by the reporter.
It must be noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan during his address in Capital One Arena in Washington said that he will take back all the facilities including AC and tv in jail from Nawaz Sharif after returning to the country.
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27 September, 2019