LAHORE (our correspondent):- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her cousin Yousaf Abbas on Thursday in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.
Yousaf Abbas is son of Muhammad Abbas, brother of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in jail convicted in NAB Court. Asif Ali Zardari, former President and Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are also in custody of NAB on remand. Former Ministers including Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Rana Sanaullah and others also in arrested.
Chaudhry Sugar Mills case
NAB confirmed their arrests through a press release on Thursday. It said that its officials arrested Maryam Nawaz and Yousaf Abbas in connection with the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. A team of doctors would conduct a medical examination of the both under the directives of Chairman NAB. Both will present before an accountability court on Friday for remand, further said in PR.
The NAB has arrested her prior to meeting with her father (Nawaz Sharif) at the Kot Lakhpat Jail. The Accountability Bureau has shifted her in NAB office in Lahore.
The NAB had summoned her at 3pm today for questioning in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. According to unconfirmed reports, she had informed NAB that she would not appear due to meeting with her father.
The PML-N leader had appeared before NAB on July 31 and recorded her statement in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.
Reaction on arrest
PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif condemned the arrest of Maryam Nawaz. In a statement, Shehbaz said incompetent leaders were taking the country towards a path of destruction. He questioned the intention of arresting Maryam Nawaz before Eid.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto also condemned her arrest and took this matter during the session of National Assembly. He asked “In this Naya Pakistan you have arrested Maryam Nawaz without any conviction”.
There was also a clash between PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmakers outside the Parliament following the arrest of Maryam Nawaz Sharif.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Wednesday said the Sharif family had used Chaudhry Sugar Mills for money-laundering and illegal transfer of its shares.