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Five-day parole granted to Nawaz, Maryam ends today

The five-day parole granted to former premier Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar after the demise of Kulsoom Nawaz ends Monday evening.

An initial parole of 12 hours was later extended to five days in order to facilitate the Avenfield convicts to perform the last rites of the former first lady.

A petition requesting an additional five-day extension is expected to be moved by the incarcerated Sharif family members. However, the provincial government and the home department have yet to receive the request.

Nawaz and his daughter and son-in-law will be shifted back to Rawalpindi Central Jail after 5pm if the parole is not extended.

According to sources, a petition will be submitted to the home department and it is expected that the parole extension will be accepted on humanitarian grounds.

On September 14, Kulsoom was laid to rest in a graveyard at her husband’s family residence of Jati Umra after a funeral prayer attended by thousands of people, including delegations from leading political parties.

Kulsoom’s body was brought back from London where she died after a protracted battle with cancer. Members of the family including brother-in-law Shehbaz Sharif and daughter Asma Nawaz came in with the body from London in a PIA flight.

The body was shifted from the airport to Raiwind’s Sharif Medical City, where Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam – who are serving time in Adiala Jail after their July 6 conviction and are currently released on parole – arrived there to pay their last respect to the Begum Kulsoom.

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