Lahore - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif Monday made a request to caretakers to provide Nawaz Sharif with facilities in jail in line with his stature as a former prime minister.

The former Punjab CM wrote separate letters to Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk and Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Hasan Askari about the lack of facilities for former PM in Adiala Jail.

Referring to his visit along other his family members to Adiala Jail, Shehbaz said: “We saw the three-time PM in highly ‘abysmal conditions’. He was not being provided even newspaper to read.”

He continued: “Nawaz, languishing in high security facility at Adiala, is confined in a pathetic prison environment, which is highly detrimental to his well-being and health.”

He told the caretakers about Nawaz’s bed, saying the former premier was given a mattress on the floor.

“The washroom in his room was ‘in a dirty despicable condition’. There was no air-conditioner in his room. No attendant was there and medical check-up facilities were also not up to the mark. Nawaz Sharif, being a heart and diabetic patient, needs timely medicines and frequent visits of a doctor,” he wrote.

He asked the PM and the CM to allow the personal doctor of Nawaz Sharif to visit him twice a day, administer him medicines and supervise nutritious diet.

Shehbaz regretted that Nawaz Sharif who has been thrice Prime Minister is being treated in such a shabby manner.

“The situation is unacceptable. He should be given the minimum facilities he is entitled to as former prime minister,” Shehbaz said.

Earlier, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said Nawaz, Maryam and Captain (r) Safdar should be granted the same relief as former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, Geo News reported.

“The court earlier upheld that no candidate should be barred from participating in the electoral process until the July 25 and this was the basis on which Zardari and Talpur were granted relief,” the former information minister said while speaking to the media outside the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The PML-N leader insisted, “Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar and Qamarul Islam Raja should be granted the same relief.”

The deposed prime minister and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested on July 13 as oon their arrival in Lahore, a week after being sentenced to prison in the Avenfield Properties corruption reference. They were imprisoned in Adiala jail on the same day.