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Nawaz reaches Kot Lakhpat Jail in a rally after midnight

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif reached the Kot Lakhpat Jail after mid-night with fanfare at the head of a rally or workers. Earlier the Jail authorities had closed the jail gates saying he will not be taken after Maghrib.
Earlier, Nawaz Sharif has left Jati Umra for the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in a solidarity rally after his six weeks bail expired on Tuesday.
Maryam Nawaz, daughter of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo who is accompanied her father, confirmed the development in a tweet.
She also posted a video which shows a large number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers and supporters are gathered outside the residence of the party chief in Jati Umra.
Hamza Shehbaz, one of the 15 vice president of PML-N, is driving the disqualified prime minister to the Lahore jail.
The Supreme Court on May 3 had dismissed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo’s review petition seeking permanent bail on medical grounds and the permission to go abroad for treatment.
On March 26, he was granted six weeks bail on medical grounds.
Stringent security measures were in place at the Nawaz’s residence when Kot Lakhpat officials, headed by Superintendent jail Shehzad, reached there.
An accountability court in December last year sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven-year rigorous imprisonment after it found him guilty in Al-Azizia reference, one of the three graft cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court order.
Speaking outside the ex-premier’s residence, PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif said that the Prime Minister Imran Khan is following the way of destruction, however he added that the ousted prime minister was still stand by his narrative of “Vote ko izzat do” (respect the sanctity of vote).
Former defence minister Khurram Dastagir also released a video statement on micro-blogging website Twitter in support of his leader.