RAWALPINDI - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senior leader and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Thursday said deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif has asked the party leaders and workers to continue their protest across the country against the “massive rigging” in the general elections.

“The morale of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz is high and they have asked the party leaders and workers to work with other political parties to expose the results of the elections which have been stolen in favour of the PTI,” he said, talking to the media after meeting with the incarcerated Sharif and his daughter in Adiala Jail.

“Naya Pakistan plane is taking off from Changa Manga,” he said, commenting upon the independent candidates joining PTI and referring to Jehangir Tareen’s efforts to bring independent candidates to Bani Gala in his private plane.

Other PML-N leaders said Sharif had made it clear that he was shifted back to Adiala Jail from PIMS on his own insistence.

Meanwhile, media vehicles were not allowed to approach the PML-N leaders who had gone to Adiala Jail. City Police Officer Ahsan Abbas was reported to have issued special directives to the local police not to allow media DSNGs around the jail.

Meanwhile, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, Yousaf Abbas, Aziz Abbas, Junaid Safdar and others also met with Sharif in the jail since the day was specified for visitors’ meeting.

Former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq, ex-Punjab Assembly speaker Rana Iqbal, senators Pervaiz Rashid, Chaudhry Tanvir, Najma Hameed, Tahira Aurangzeb, Raja Zafarul Haq, senior leader Javed Hashmi, former health minister Saira Afzal Tarar, former information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, ex-interior minister Ahsan Iqbal, ex-advisers Tariq Fatemi, Irfan Siddiqui, Khawaja Asif, Tassaduq Malik, Miftah Ismail, caretaker Federal Minister Barrister Ali Zafar, Siddique-ul-Farooq and others also met with Sharifs.

Several PML-N leaders, including Mushahidullah Khan, Uzma Bukhari, Maiza Hameed, Sardar Nasim, Talal Chaudhry, Danial Aziz and others were not allowed to meet Sharif despite their names being in the list of visitors.

The jail authorities refused to give permission to several PML-N leaders and workers to have a meeting with the detained leadership, citing their names were not included in the visitors’ list finalised by Sharif.

Some charged PML-N office-bearers and workers argued with security personnel outside the jail demanding permission to meet their jailed leader.

A few PML-N female workers also staged a protest demonstration outside the jail, demanding the release of Maryam Nawaz.

The jail authorities had arranged a meeting of visitors with Sharifs in the conference hall adjacent to the jail superintendent’s office.

The visitors enquired after the health of Sharif and prayed for his early recovery. Many visitors also presented bouquets to the Sharifs. Nawaz’s personal physician, Dr Adnan, also met with Sharif in the jail.

Contrary to the claim of Rawalpindi Mayor Sardar Nasim Ahmed Khan that mayors of 36 districts would visit Adiala Jail to express solidarity with Sharif, only nine mayors reached there. They were Sardar Nasim Ahmed Khan of Rawalpindi, Aqeel Anjum Hashmi of Bahawalpur, Navidul Haq of Multan, Asad Ali of Sahiwal, Malik Aslam Navid of Sargodha, Shahid Chandia of DG Khan, Haji Nasir of Gujrat, Col (r) Mubashir Javed of Lahore, Razzaq Malik of Faisalabad, Chaudhry Toheed Akhter of Sialkot and Sheikh Ansar Aziz of Islamabad.

The jail authorities had denied permission to the mayors to meet the imprisoned leaders, however, Bahawalpur Mayor Aqeel Anjum Hashmi managed to get permission and took the mayors along with him.

The jail authorities had put in place tight security arrangements inside and outside the jail to maintain the law and order situation.