Maryam Nawaz to Remain in NAB Custody till August 21

  • National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordered the physical remand of Maryam Nawaz till August 21.
  • CaptSafdar said that Maryam was going to hold a rally against India but her voice was once again being silenced.
  • The bank account of Yousuf Abbaswas used for money laundering and then it was transferred to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills.
Maryam Nawaz to Remain in NAB Custody till August 21
Maryam Nawaz to Remain in NAB Custody till August 21

The President of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Maryam Nawaz and her cousin Yousuf Abbas were arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

A day after the arrest, an accountability court in Lahore granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) physical remand of Maryam Nawaz and her cousin Yousuf Abbas until August 21.

Earlier, the court had reserved its verdict on NAB’s request for the duo’s 15-day physical remand. Following the hearing, Maryam Nawaz was driven away from the court by NAB officials.

The Hearing:

An accountability court judge NaeemArshad heard NAB’s request for a 15-day physical remand of both. Special prosecutor Hafiz Asadullah and HarisQureshi presented arguments on behalf of the accountability watchdog. Advocate Amjad Pervez was in the court on behalf of Maryam and her cousin.

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Hafiz Asadullah said that suspicious transactions had been carried out in Maryam’s bank accounts and NAB had summoned her twice.

He said that Maryam was a shareholder of Chaudhry Sugar Mills while Abbas had been a shareholder as well as a director.

He also said that Maryam Nawaz didn’t provide satisfactory answers to NAB questions and shares that she had purchased in 2008 were transferred to her father, Nawaz Sharif in 2015.

Maryam had shares of over Rs800,000 and in 2008, there were shares worth Rs0.41billion in her name. He said that she was asked who the foreign investor was but she didn’t respond.

According to the lawyer, Yousuf Abbas’s account was used for money laundering. After the money came into his account, it was transferred to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills.

The accountability court judge asked what had happened in the Panama Papers case to which the NAB lawyer responded that in the case, three references were to be submitted including one regarding CSM.

The judge asked why Maryam’s shares had not come up during the earlier case. The NAB investigative officer said that it had been mentioned in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report.

Workers of PML-N burnt tires outside the court while chanting slogans against the government. Junaid Safdar and retired Capt Mohammad Safdar Awan also arrived at the accountability court.

CaptSafdar, while talking to media, said that Maryam was going to hold a rally against India and her voice was once again being silenced.

 

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