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We cannot hear you in this situation, NAB tells Maryam Nawaz

As PML-N supporters pelted stones at the law enforcement agencies, the NAB has declined to hear Maryam Nawaz. Maryam is accused of acquiring 180 Acres (1,440 Kanals) of what was allegedly supposed to be government land in Raiwind. However, the PML-N vice-President insisted to be heard today.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) canceled Maryam’s hearing today due to the deteriorating law and order situation in front of the office. “We cannot hear you in this situation,” NAB tells Maryam Nawaz. Maryam, on the other hand, claimed that the police officers pelted stones at her car. She tweeted a video clip:

The party leadership had instructed workers to turn up outside NAB office and the Raiwind residence of the PML-N leader and set up camps along the route to express solidarity with her.

The PML-N supporters and activists have been doing a trend #IamMaryamNawaz on Twitter since yesterday. They largely argued that Maryam was innocent and being called by the NAB for her determination to bring democracy in the country.

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Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted bail to PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz who was arrested on August 8, 2019  in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case. A two-member bench of the high court, comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, announced the verdict.

Case against Maryam Nawaz: Background and facts

The NAB has also summoned former DC Lahore Noorul Amin Mengal in this regard. This case is against former PM Nawaz Sharif, his mother Shamim Begum, Maryam Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif.

The NAB Lahore has asked Maryam to appear before the investigators on August 11 along with details of land acquired by her in Raiwind and Jati Umra. She has been asked to provide sources of funds from which the land was purchased. The NAB has asked Maryam to come with details if she has sold any piece of land along with details about the use of land whether it is being used for agriculture or any commercial activity. As per sources, this investigation is about 3,568 Kanals acquired by the Sharif family in 2013. The NAB will also investigate the former PM along with his mother Shamim Begum after they return to the country from the UK.

Maryam is accused of acquiring 180 Acres (1,440 Kanals) of what was allegedly supposed to be government land in Raiwind. The land transfer was done during DC Amin Mengal and former DG LDA Ahad Cheema’s tenure.

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A piece of land measuring over 3,568 Kanals was bought by the Sharif family in 2013. The largest part of the property, 1,936 Kanals, was transferred in the name of Nawaz’s mother Shamim Bibi. The land that was transferred to Maryam was 1,440 Kanals. A 96-Kanal plot each was also transferred to Nawaz and Shahbaz. The sources claimed most of the land was government land which the Sharif family illegally got transferred in their name at cheap rates. Moreover, only the LDA had the authority to deal with such matters but the Sharif family involved local government officials. The property was declared as green land to stop construction around the Sharif family’s Jati Umra mansions.