Islamabad, July 14: Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz claimed to have refused availing better facilities in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail on her own accord. The 44-year-old, along with her father and ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was arrested on Friday by the Accountability Bureau immediately after they landed in Lahore from Abu Dhabi.
"I was offered to apply for better class/facilities by the Superintendent of the jail, as per the rules, that I refused of my own will - This is purely my own decision, taken without any pressure from anyone," Maryam said in a written statement.
The lawyer of Sharifs arrived in Adiala court earlier in the day and sought their signatures on the appeal petition. The affidavit for review will be filed on Monday.
Nawaz and Maryam were convicted last Friday by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court for not revealing the source of income through which they purchased the four luxury homes in London's Avenfield.
While Nawaz was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment, Maryam was awarded seven. Her husband and retired military personnel, Captain Safdar was sentenced to one year in jail.
In a video statement issued by Sharif yesterday, hours before his arrest, he used minced words to blame the Army and the Inter-State Intelligence (ISI) for conspiring his arrest. "I am returning back to Pakistan for you, the people. It was my duty to return when the nation is at such a critical juncture. You have to make the right choice on July 25," he said, appealing the electorate to back his PML-N in the upcoming election to the provinces and national assembly.