Chaudhry Sugar Mills case: NAB again summons Maryam Nawaz on March 26

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Lahore, has again summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz on March 26 in connection with Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, on Wednesday, local news channel reported.

The Bureau has directed the PML-N vice-president to appear before it on March 26, Friday. According to the sources, the NAB has received new evidence in the case which prompted the Bureau to call Maryam Nawaz again for questioning.

The last time Maryam Nawaz appeared in court was on August 11, 2020, when clashes took place between the PML-N activists and the security personnel.

The NAB, Lahore had, on Saturday (March 13), also filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC), seeking cancellation of Maryam Nawaz’s bail.

The LHC last Monday had issued a notice to Maryam Nawaz to submit her reply to the court in her bail cancellation case on April 7. Maryam, who was incarcerated on money laundering charges in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills’ case, had been granted bail by the Lahore High Court in November 2019.

Also in a statement issued on Tuesday, the NAB had strongly rebutted the allegations levelled by Maryam Nawaz against the Bureau on print and electronic media.

A spokesman for the Bureau said that the PML-N vice-president was nominated in Chaudhry Sugar Mills and money laundering cases, and that she tried to incite people to violence whenever she was summoned in connection with these cases.

He had further said Maryam’s statements against state institutions such as the NAB, judiciary and law-enforcement agencies were full of rebellious sentiments, and the purpose of issuing these statements was to throw a spanner in the ongoing investigations against the Sharif family in connection with corruption cases.   

The spokesperson said PML-N vice-president through her inflammatory statements provoked people’s sentiments so much so that this led to the law and order situation as was the case in August 2020 when she had stormed the anti-corruption watchdog’s Lahore office along with her party activists.

Furthermore, he added, the NAB had nothing to do with any political party and its sole aim was to ensure the prosperity of Pakistan and its people.