Nawaz Sharif, Maryam arrested: Here’s how they will spend night in jail

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif landed in Pakistan on Friday where they were arrested.

As per law, they were supposed to be taken straight to the accountability court and presented as arrested convicts. But due to serious security concerns, both will now be taken to Adiyala Jail where they will spend the night.

However, unconfirmed reports suggest that Nawaz will be kept at Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi while Maryam will be taken to Sihala Police Training College Rest House in Islamabad.

Tomorrow, they will be presented before the court.


According to the legal procedure, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will have to produce Nawaz and Maryam before the accountability judge who had convicted them.

The judge will then give the NAB a warrant of contract, which would carry details of the punishment given to them and directions to the jail superintendent to take them into custody.


Nawaz Sharif will be sent to a cell in the ‘Better Class’ category because he is the former parliamentarian and is entitled to privileges.

However, he will have to request for a ‘Better Class Jail’ to the jail superintendent.

On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz Sharif will be able to avail the facility only if she proves that she has paid at least PKR 6,00,000 (Rs 3,38,000 roughly) as annual income tax.

Both will be required to submit an application requesting a Better Class Jail.


A Better Class Jail, where Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif are expected to spend the night is the highest level of the facilities that the central jail offers.

Those availing Better Class Jails option are entitled to books and newspapers, a 21-inch television, a table and a chair, a mattress, personal bedding and clothing and food.

The prisoners have to pay for all this themselves. The government is only obligated to provide them security in a high-security ward where they will be kept away from other prisoners.

The option, however, would not give them an air-conditioner or a refrigerator.

The government cannot give them facilities not mentioned in the Prisons Rule. But it would have to ensure adequate security wherever the Sharif family members are kept as high profile prisoners.

Sharif and his daughter are likely to be confined to Adiyala Jail, because it has a secluded high-security ward.

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Updated: July 14, 2018 — 12:55 am