LAHORE: On Thursday, an oversight court ordered the prison authorities to provide former defence minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif with all the facilities he was constitutionally allowed to have in prison.
The order was given by presiding judge Jawadul Hassan, announcing the verdict on an application submitted by Mr Asif, demanding better-class facilities in the prison.
In his reply, the Kot Lakhpat jail superintendent told the court that the complainant had been held in a different cell from the other inmates. He said that a television set, newspaper, table and mattress in the jail had already been given to the under-trial prisoner.
The judge also ordered the jail manager to allow his private physicians to medically assess the former minister.
Mr. Asif was also ordered to encourage the superintendent to provide home-cooked food and a room-heater in the jail.
In an investigation into his suspected illicit properties launched by the National Accountability Bureau, Mr. Asif is on judicial remand (NAB).
Through a solicitor, Mr. Asif argued that he was a former Federal Minister and a serving member of the National Assembly. The solicitor said the claimant was a law professor as well. The applicant was entitled to a better prison class, he added.