Legal team barred from meeting Sharifs in Adiala Jail

  • Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (r) Safdar are serving their terms in the jail following conviction in the Avenfield case
Pakistan

RAWALPINDI – Adiala Jail authorities on Thursday did not allow a meeting between imprisoned members of Sharif family and their legal teams.

The legal team comprising Khawaja Haris, Amjad Pervez, Barrister Saad Hashmi, and Zafir Khan reached the jail at 11am for a scheduled meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar following their conviction in the Avenfield case.

On Wednesday, lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris informed the accountability judge, hearing the corruption cases against Sharif, that jail administration was not allowing them to meet his client.

After the hearing, the jail superintendent called Haris and decided that a meeting between the counsel and clients will be held on Thursday.

Today, the lawyers were informed that the meeting has been canceled when they reached the Adiala Jail.

According to Haris, an Adiala Jail assistant superintendent had explained that the lawyers’ meeting had been cancelled since Thursday is for visiting family members and others.

When he asked the jail authorities to give another date for the meeting, they did not give any assurance. Haris lamented that professional lawyers are not being allowed to work freely.