Maryam remanded in NAB custody

Lahore, August 9 

Former PM Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and vice-president of Opposition PML-N, Maryam Nawaz, was on Friday sent to the custody of Pakistan’s anti-graft body till August 21 in a money laundering case.  

An accountability court remanded her in the National Accountability Bureau’s custody for 12 days after the bureau’s prosecutor sought her physical remand for dubious share and money transactions of the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) of which she is a major shareholder.

Opposition parties have condemned Maryam’s arrest, saying the Imran Khan government’s action amounts to dividing the nation at this crucial juncture when unity is required to give a befitting response to the Indian government for scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Maryam’s arrest came in a dramatic way on Thursday.  She was present at the Kot Lakhpat jail on her weekly visit to her father along with her daughter and Sharif’s nephew Yousaf Abbas when a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team accompanied by policewomen entered the prison cell and showed her arrest warrants in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case.

Sharif’s nephew Abbas was also arrested and remanded in the NAB custody till August 21. The NAB had requested a 15-day physical remand but the court approved a 12-day physical remand of the two accused. — PTI