Nawaz, Maryam unlikely to be shifted to guest house

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Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz are unlikely to be transferred to the Sihala Rest House owing to its lack of proper security arrangements needed for the high-profile prisoners, media reports said on Saturday.

The accountability court that had convicted Sharif and his daughter had ordered they be sent to Adiala Jail after they were taken into custody at the Lahore airport and produced before it on July 13.

However, the Islamabad Chief Commissioner had also ordered shifting of both the father and the daughter and her husband Capt Safdar (retired), who was already in the Adiala Jail, to the Sihala Rest House situated inside the Sihala Police Training College.

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The authorities said the rest house was not safe for the Sharif family, Dawn News reported.

The rest house has six rooms, all with air conditioners, proper beds and wash rooms, but no boundary wall.

A major indication that the Sharifs might not be shifted to the rest house was that the authorities were considering shifting some very dangerous prisoners to somewhere else in the province to ensure proper security for the former Prime Minister and his daughter, the report quoted an Adiala Jail official as saying.

The official said it was twice or thrice attempted to shift Maryam to Sihala Rest House but she firmly refused.

–IANS

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