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Maryam Visits Kot Lakhpat Jail, Reflects on Past Ordeals

Maryam Visits Kot Lakhpat Jail, Reflects on Past Ordeals

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz demonstrated solidarity with female prisoners at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail by joining them for Iftar (breaking of the fast) on Sunday. She also planted a tree in the jail’s lawn and directed authorities to plant more trees.

During her visit, Maryam Nawaz inaugurated a dedicated 20-bed hospital for the rehabilitation of drug addicts and a video call facility for prisoners. She also visited the cell where her father, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, was once imprisoned.

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Additionally, Maryam inspected the food prepared for prisoners in the jail kitchen, ensuring its quality. She interacted with the inmates to inquire about their problems and needs.

On her instructions, female inmates were provided with monetary assistance of Rs15,000, clothes, and bangles, while male prisoners received the same assistance along with clothes.

The iftar menu was prepared according to Maryam’s instructions and included biryani, fruit, pakoras, samosas, and other items.

Maryam shared her emotional experience on social media, mentioning that she was not allowed to visit her father during her own time in jail, but was able to see his cell during this visit. She expressed gratitude that her father, a former premier, was now a “kingmaker” while those who oppressed him were nowhere.

She also announced the operationalization of a video call facility for prisoners at Kot Lakhpat jail, allowing them two calls a week, each lasting 20 minutes. This initiative aims to facilitate more interaction with their families compared to the previous weekly meetings, which often faced challenges due to difficult family situations.