Abbasi files plea in court for better facilities in jail – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has filed an application in the accountability court in Islamabad, seeking better facilities for him at the Adiala prison in Rawalpindi.

In this request, the judge of the liability court Mohammad Bashir issued a notice to the prison superintendent and requested the latter's response before September 30.

Attorney Sadia Abbasi filed the request on behalf of her detained brother, who was sent to prison for judicial detention in the LNG terminal case, on September 26.

The lawyer argued in court that Mr. Abbasi had been given a better class during his detention at Malir prison in 1999.

He noted that despite the directive of the court, the prison administration refused to provide better facilities to the former prime minister, as well as former finance minister Miftah Ismail.

On September 26, the accountability court rejected the request of the National Office of Accountability to extend the physical detention of Abbasi, Ismail and the former managing director of Pakistan's state oil sheikh, Imranul Haq, and sent them to jail in pretrial detention. He directed the prison administration to provide them with a better class.

Attorney Abbasi said the prison administration was not even allowing Abbasi to meet with his close relatives. In the request, he asked the court to allow 13 friends and family to meet Mr. Abbasi in jail.

He informed the court that Mr. Abbasi had some health problems; therefore, you must be allowed a prescribed diet and air conditioning, refrigerator, television, newspapers, bed, books, toaster and oven facilities at your expense.

Jail sources, on the other hand, said the jail administration had requested approval from the home department to provide Mr. Bbasi with Class B. They said that since the department of origin had not yet responded, the former prime minister had not received Class B facilities so far.

Posted on Dawn, September 28, 2019



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