National Accountability Bureau arrested PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz on Thursday on the charges of skipping appearance in Chaudhry Sugar Mills and money laundering cases.
The anti-corruption watchdog also nabbed Yousaf Abbas the nephew of former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Maryam was arrested from Kot Lakhpat jail when she arrived at Kot Lakhpat Jail to meet her father and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and NAB’s daycare centre has been declared sub-jail for Maryam Nawaz.
National Accountability Bureau sources told that orders have been issued for the deployment of women personnel and NAB women staff in the sub-jail completely. It has also been decided to deploy Punjab women police for the security of the sub-jail. Reportedly, Maryam Nawaz was unable to provide the required details of foreign investment in sugar mills while she had also failed to satisfy the bureau regarding source of income for purchasing the shares.
National Accountability Bureau has claimed that three foreigners had transferred 11000 shares worth millions of rupees on Maryam Nawaz’s name.
The PML-N leader will be produced before the accountability court on August 9 for remand.
It is to be mentioned here that the bureau had summoned Maryam Nawaz for interrogation in Chaudhry Sugar Mills and money laundering cases but she skipped the appearance due to her meeting scheduled with Nawaz Sharif. Earlier on July 19, accountability court had turned down petition of NAB claiming Maryam Nawaz had produced a bogus trust deed in Avenfield reference.
Condemning Maryam Nawaz’s arrest by the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan Muslim League-N President Shahbaz Sharif termed the development a continuation of political victimisation against opposition parties.
“The decision to arrest Maryam in front of her father and his grandchildren is shameful and highly regrettable,” Shahbaz said in a statement.