Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif tried to secure his release with the help of two friendly countries. Not revealing the names of the nations, Khan said that they just conveyed him the message but did not press for Sharif’s release. “They told me that we will not interfere,” said Khan.
Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the apex court’s July 28, 2017 order in Panama Papers case. In May, the apex court rejected his review petition seeking bail on medical grounds and permission to go abroad for medical treatment.
Pakistan’s anti-corruption body on Monday arrested jailed former president Asif Ali Zardari in a corruption case. He is already in the custody