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Bogus documents: Will Maryam Nawaz be arrested again?

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Maryam Nawaz, Vice President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, asserted that the incumbent government wants to arrest her at any cost. She tweeted that the government has nothing against her but is certain to detain her. Maryam additionally called attention to that case she has been rebuffed in and later on toppled by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) is being utilized to target her.

Moreover, the PML-N Vice President added that she will not offer her arrest in a platter, therefore, will appear before the court and expose the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

It is worth noting that the accountability court of Islamabad on Tuesday sent her a notice for submitting a ‘fake’ trust deed related to the properties in court.

It is also being speculated that the establishment is not happy after Maryam’s undue criticism and her demand to release her convicted father which may cause her arrest in the coming days.

The notice requires Maryam Nawaz or her counsel to appear in court on July 19th, to respond to the application filed by the NAB, seeking initiation of proceedings against her for presenting the “fake” trust deed before the investigation team and the judge of the accountability court.

Mohammad Bashir, on July 6th last year, also convicted Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam in the Avenfield properties reference and sentenced them to ten years and seven years imprisonment, respectively. In the verdict, the Judge declared that “the trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus…in view of the role of the accused, Maryam Nawaz is convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years with a fine of two million pounds”.

Moreover, NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Khan Abbasi on Tuesday, filed an application, seeking action against Maryam Nawaz for producing the bogus trust deeds before the accountability court to conceal the London properties.

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According to the application, “the above conclusion by this Honourable Court was reached after evaluating the entire evidence, hence, it is apparent that the respondent has maliciously fabricated and tendered false evidence/information with the intention to mislead the due process of law and trial and hamper the administration of justice.”

When Judge Bashir asked the prosecutor on what grounds would the court proceed in this matter, Mr Abbasi pointed out, that the judge had the power to initiate action against Maryam Nawaz under section 30 of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 read with Serial No. 03 of the Schedule of the NAO 1999.

Sub Section ‘a’ of Section 30 of the NAO states, “On pronouncement of judgement, the court shall have jurisdiction and power to take cognizance of any offence committed in the course of investigation or trial of a case by any officer, any witness, including an expert, who has tendered false evidence in the case.”

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Legal experts believe that the court has yet to determine the legal points but one thing is for sure that, Maryam is going to face a tough legal battle. It is also being speculated that the establishment is not happy after Maryam’s undue criticism and her demand to release her convicted father which may cause her arrest in the coming days.

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