Punjab asks IG prison to remove AC from Nawaz Sharif’s cell

The letter asks IG prison to take necessary action in the matter immediately and send report in three days. Interestingly, the letter, titled “Prime Minister’s visit to Lahore on 19.6.19” carries many typos such as “Prime Minister Punjab” and “Services and General Administration Department Lahore”.

LAHORE (INP): Punjab government has asked the Inspector General Prison to remove air conditioner (AC) from the prison cell of incarcerated prime minister Nawaz Sharif – a move that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz says would be equivalent to putting Nawaz’s life in danger.

A letter written by Punjab Home Department to the inspector general prison 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’.”

The letter asks IG prison to take necessary action in the matter immediately and send report in three days. Interestingly, the letter, titled “Prime Minister’s visit to Lahore on 19.6.19” carries many typos such as “Prime Minister Punjab” and “Services and General Administration Department Lahore”.

In another letter dated July 12, it was mentioned that information regarding implementation of four directives of the prime minister were still awaited. According to the letter, the PM apart from instructing the Punjab government to take action against child pornographers, child molesters and fake encounters by police had also asked not to provide any preferential treatment to criminal and money launders in prison of Punjab.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address to Pakistani community in the US on Sunday announced to withdraw the facilities of AC and LCDs from jailed politicians including Nawaz Sharif, who is in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, as well as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. However, the above letters show that long before the announcement, the PM had already instructed authorities to withdraw these facilities.

Punjab additional secretary prison has, however, denied knowledge of any such letters and said when instructions would be given by the prime minister they would be implemented.

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