Chaudhry Sugar Mills case: NAB kept silence for 14 months, Maryam Nawaz tells LJC

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz has submitted her reply to the Lahore High Court (LHC) over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) petition for the cancellation of her bail in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

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Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz has submitted her reply to the Lahore High Court (LHC) over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) petition for the cancellation of her bail in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

Maryam Nawaz pleaded with the high court to reject the petition of the anti-corruption watchdog besides slapping a fine against the institution.

In her six-page response, the PML-N vice president stated that the NAB has kept a complete silence for 14 months in the case before summoning her again.

The cases filed by the anti-graft watchdog and arrests were purposed to suppress the voice, said Maryam Nawaz, adding that the bureau was playing the role of a political engineer and its petition was giving an impression about NAB chairman for acting as a government’s spokesperson.

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She further stated that the Lahore High Court (LHC) had granted bail to her in the case on merit after listening to the stance of the NAB. Furthermore, she stated that NAB’s duty is eliminating corruption but not to take action over political statements.

It may be noted  here that the bureau had filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) to seek cancellation of Maryam Nawaz’s bail in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. The high court will hear the petition on April 7.

The Sharif family has been accused of using Chaudhry Sugar Mills for money-laundering and illegal transfer of its shares. In 2018, the government’s financial monitoring unit reported to NAB ‘a huge suspicious’ transaction involving billions of rupees in the M/s Chaudhry Sugar Mills Ltd under Anti-Money Laundering Act.

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NAB detected that Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif and the family of the late Abbas Sharif are shareholders in the company along with some foreigners of the UAE and the UK.

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