Lahore: Punjab government on Tuesday gave a nod to release PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz on the death of the former’s mother, Begum Shamim Akhtar in London.
According to sources, the approval for their release was given by the Punjab cabinet, where it was decided to release the father-son duo for five days to attend the last rites of Begum Shamim Akhtar.
The source said they will be released when the body of Begum Shamim Akhtar arrives in Lahore from London.
It is pertinent to mention here that Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz have submitted applications for their release on parole to the deputy commissioners earlier in the day.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ataullah Tarrar submitted the plea for release of Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz on parole to attend the funeral prayers of Begum Shamim Akhtar, mother of Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif.
The petition called for the immediate release of Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz from prison, to attend the funeral prayers of Begum Shamim Akhtar, and to receive people from all over the country to get along with them.
It further sought to release two PML-N leaders from parole prison for two weeks.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif, the mother of the North American opposition leader, died in London on Sunday.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Attaullah Tarar announced the tragic news on Twitter and wrote that Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shehbaz Sharif’s mother has passed away.”
Tarar said Suleman Shehbaz informed about the demise of Shamim Akhtar from London via phone and added that steps are being taken to shift her body to Pakistan.