On Friday, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz appeared in a court in the Lahore National Accountability Office (NAB) just a few days after she was arrested by an anti-corruption activist in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case.
The cousin Yusuf Abbas, who was arrested on Thursday, also appeared in court.
Independent Court Judge Naeem Arshad is listening to NAB’s 15-day appeal to the former PML-N president and his brother.
Special Prosecutors Hafiz Asadullah and Haris Qureshi disputed on their behalf. Defence lawyer Amjad Pervez represented Maryam and her brother in court.
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Asadullah said in an interview that the alleged money laundering was done at Maryam Bank.
He added that NAB had called him twice.
Asadullah said that Mariam participated in the CSM and Abbas shared with the chairman.
NAB’s lawyers said that Maryam did not provide a satisfactory answer to their question and added that the stock purchased in 2008 was transferred to her father and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2015.
The court asked Maryam to call her when asked to report to Maryam that the NAB investigator responded before the arrest, but did not appear in front of the office.
One analyst said that Maryam had an initial income of more than 800,000 rupees, and in 2008 her name had more than Rs. 1.4 billion. He also said that he was asked who had foreign nationality but refused to comment.
The Census Committee provided a list of questions that Maryam did not answer.
Maryam also met her cousin in the parliament, the competition director of the Punjab conference Hamza Shahbaz.
According to NAB lawyers, Abbas’s account was used to withdraw money. He added that once the funds entered his account, they would be transferred to the CSM.
The trial judge asked what should be done in the Panamanian document case, and the NAB lawyer replied that in this case three statements must be made, one of which involved the CSM.
The judge asked why Maryam’s meeting did not arrive during the court proceedings. A NAB research fellow said that the Joint Investigation Unit (JIT) mentioned this in a report.
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In the case of PML-N leaders in the courts, large-scale police competitions were conducted inside and outside the courts, and strict security arrangements were made.
The police have previously stated that no party members or leaders will be allowed to appear in court. However, before the emergence of Maryam, various party leaders, including Mohammad Zubair and Uzma Bukhari, went to court.
The judge debated with the police outside the court. Once the trial began, the court prohibited staff and lawyers from bringing Maryam to the venue and asking them not to damage the court’s decor.
Maryam’s son Junaid Safdar and her husband Capt Mohammad Safdar Awan also went to court. In an interview with reporters, Awam said that Maryam had held a rally in India and her remarks were silent.
Chaudhry Sugar Mills
Maryam recorded her statement at Chaudhry Sugar Mills in front of NAB on July 31. The statement concerns the “suspicious” business of Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM), one of the company’s shareholders.
What NAB revealed to Dawn at the time was that in January 2018, PML-N’s financial management agency reported to NAB some suspicions involving billions of rupees involved in Chaudhry Sugar Mills under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
The findings also confirm that the NAB survey, which began in October 2018, has confirmed that Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Shahbaz Sharif and Abbas Sharif are potential shareholders of the company, as well as other guests from the UAE and the United Kingdom.
“From 2001 to 2017, Chaudhry Sugar Mills provided millions of shares in the name of foreigners. Later, the company’s shares were exchanged back to Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Nawaz Sharif at different times. The foreign name was used as an agent in order to make a large investment in the company, why the Sharif family did not have any money,” Dawn said.
NAB also called Maryam on August 8th (today) and asked her to share her details of the CSM share, details of economic and diplomatic relations – UAE national Saeed Said bin Jabar al Suweidi; Sheikh Zakauddin, British national; Saudi Arabian nationals Hani Ahmed Jajuen and Naseer Abdullah Lootah, members of the United Arab Emirates.