The Hush Post: A sombre picture of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam meeting Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, Sharif’s ailing wife, before departing for Pakistan to face a jail term, sounds a deep melancholy in the heart.
“This picture will haunt many in the future,” tweeted the Pakistani journalist who first posted the photo on social media. The photograph was then retweeted by Nawaz Sharif’s daughter. Maryam is seen crying standing behind her father Nawaz Sharif who has his hand on Begum Kulsoom’s forehead.
Kulsoom Nawaz health was described as “highly critical” by doctors at the Harley Street Clinic in London. She has been on life support for over a month, and is in coma now.
Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter landed on Pakistani soil on Friday at 9:30 pm and were straight away taken to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. Maryam will later be taken to Sihala Rest House which has been declared as a sub-jail.
Many in Pakistan are reacting and sharing the emotional photograph on social media.”This picture will be marked as the ugliest face of Pakistani Establishment for a hundred years,” read one of the tweets.
“Maryam and I are coming back to face prison…It is not easy to leave my wife on a ventilator in a hospital, but I am returning along with my daughter to play our role to rid of this slavery, ” Sharif told party members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in London.
Sharif was sentenced by a court in Islamabad on July 6 over the purchase of high-end properties in London. He was ousted from his third term as prime minister by the Supreme Court of Pakistan last year following a corruption investigation.
On July 6, Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of eight million pounds in the Avenfield Reference case. His daughter Maryam Sharif was sentenced to seven years of jail and fined two million pounds, by the accountability court.