PML-N applies for two weeks parole for Shehbaz, Hamza
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has applied for minimum two weeks parole for Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz so both father and son can attend the funeral prayers and participate in last rites of the mother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Begum Shamim Akhter, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
PML-N leader Attaullah Tarrar has submitted the application to Lahore Deputy Commissioner, the TV channel reported.
As per the draft of the application, “Mother of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif passed away in London. She will be buried in Lahore. Minimum two weeks parole may be granted as per Parasol Rules 1978.”
PML-N leaders will have to make the funeral prayers arrangements and will have to meet people who will come for condolences.
The final decision will be made by the Punjab government, the TV channel reported.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother passed away in London on Sunday. Begum Shamim Akhtar was in her 90s. She was unwell for a month or so.
PML-N Punjab Deputy Secretary-General Attaullah Tarar said the body of Begum Akhtar will likely be brought back to Lahore within a couple of days and buried next to the grave of her husband Mian Sharif at the Jati Umra estate of the Sharifs.
Earlier, Attaullah Tarar visited Shehbaz Sharif in the Kot Lakhpat Jail and arranged his telephonic contact with his elder brother Nawaz Sharif to discuss the burial plan.
Begum Akhtar travelled to the UK in February against the advice of her doctors to see her ailing son, Nawaz Sharif, who has been under treatment for heart and kidney ailments there.
Punjab Minister for Prisons Fayyaz Chohan says both Shehbaz and his son Hamza Shehbaz, also in Kot Lakhpat Jail, will be released on parole a day before the arrival of the body.
PML-N has suspended all its party activities and postponed the workers’ conventions scheduled for Monday (today) in Bahawalpur and on Nov 24 in Muzaffargarh. The leadership will remain at the party secretariat in Lahore’s Model Town to receive those coming to attend her last rites.
It is pertinent to note that Nawaz Sharif, who was serving a seven-year jail term in a corruption case, had left for London in November last year after the Lahore High Court (LHC) gave him four-week permission to seek treatment abroad on under-taking that he would return after his treatment.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, former president Asif Zardari, Lt-Gen (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, ANP president Asfandyar Wali, PML-Q leader Shujaat Hussain, federal ministers have expressed their condolences with the Sharif family on sad demise.