When former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz arrived at the Islamabad International Airport they were strictly handled. As they came out of the special chartered plane orders were given to them sternly like, “Stay here, don’t move”. Different camera lights were flashing around as Maryam asked, “How did the media come here?” Later it dawned that the cameras were not from any media or newsgroup it was coming from the two sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) that came to send them to Adiala.
Nawaz asked the relevant people to let Maryam sit with him. But it was refused and he was told, “This is just a logistic arrangement. You both will go to the same place.”
The concerning point for Nawaz was when he learned that Maryam will be sent to Sihala Rest House for one night and he will be taken to Adiala Jail. Later when this news came in to national and global media, the decision was changed.
Furthermore, Nawaz was told to sit between men, due to “security reasons”. Nawaz kept on asking his handlers to let him see his daughter. He was finally allowed to meet her at the medical check-up point. Maryam was also disturbed but when she saw her father she smiled.
Former special adviser to the prime minister Irfan Siddiqui in his column informed how Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were treated at Abu Dhabi airport. He said, “We were being monitored keenly. There were dozens of national and international media representatives desperate to talk to Nawaz Sharif but no one was allowed. Nawaz Sharif felt this unusual monitoring and asked the chief of protocol about it. The protocol officer responded they had orders from the top. Our passports and boarding passes were seized by the Abu Dhabi protocol staff.”
Nawaz Sharif wanted to meet his mother and talk to the people at Lahore Airport. But he never got that chance.
“After almost 15 minutes some men and women in uniform entered the plane. “Nawaz told them politely that he had come to court arrest but why the country had been made a battleground.”
Hussain Nawaz complained on Twitter that Nawaz Sharif was not given adequate facilities in the jail.
But isn’t it only fair if a leader who is being charged with corruption is being treated like a common man? It makes one realize that nobody and absolutely nobody is above the law.