Begum Shamim Akhtar’s funeral
Punjab govt allows Shahbaz, Hamza to be released on parole
LAHORE: PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and his son, Hamza Shahbaz, would be released on a five-day parole ahead of the funeral of the former Punjab chief minister's mother, Begum Shamim Akhtar, Geo News reported on Tuesday.
According to sources at the Ministry of Interior, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had sent a request for the temporary release of Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz to the provincial cabinet for approval.
Sources confirmed to Geo News that a draft was prepared for their release on parole for five days. Once the provincial cabinet approved the request, the former chief minister of Punjab and his son would be let out of jail to attend the funeral of Nawaz Sharif's mother, Begum Shamim Akhtar.
If the request is approved by the cabinet, the PML-N leader and his son will be released on parole a day before his mother's body arrives in Pakistan, the sources added.
Begum Shamim Akhtar had passed away aged 89 on Sunday. She had developed a severe chest infection and was suffering from an advanced stage of Alzheimer's disease.
The condition of Nawaz Sharif's mother had deteriorated over the last week and she could not regain her health due to old age. She was under treatment at a London hospital and her body was kept at the Avenfield Apartments where she was staying with her son.