Avenfield case: Court dismisses NAB plea against Maryam Nawaz

Web Desk – (Syed Ahad Hussain)

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ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court on Friday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) plea against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz in the Avenfield reference.

Maryam Nawaz arrived at the federal capital from Lahore on Friday to appear before the accountability court. Earlier this month, the court’s judge Mohammad Bashir issued summons for Maryam Nawaz as the NAB claimed that the trust deeds produced by her in the case were fake.

Due to the former first daughter’s appearance, strict security measures were put in place outside the judicial complex and unconcerned people were stopped from entry.

PML-N workers chanted slogans in favour of their party leader as police earlier arrested seven party workers.

Speaking to media outside the court, Maryam Nawaz said that she is willing to give five years to the government but people are not willing to.

Maryam Nawaz’s court appearance came a day after ex-premier and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s arrest from NAB in relation to the LNG case.

Maryam Nawaz, while responding to a series of arrests of her party leaders, said that even if the entire PML-N was put behind bars, the government still cannot run the country.

The ruling party will be accountable for its incompetence and failure to govern the country, she added.

The accountability court had summoned the PML-N VP in the Avenfield case on July 19.

The NAB submitted a plea against Maryam Nawaz for trial on the basis of fake documents.

Quoting a portion of the court’s earlier judgement dated 06-07-2018 in the Avenfield Apartments corruption reference, the anti-graft watchdog writes in its appeal, “the accused Maryam Nawaz was instrumental in concealment of the properties of (her) father Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The accused Maryam Nawaz aided, assisted, abetted. attempted and acted in conspiracy with her father accused Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.”

Last year in September, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had suspended the sentences for Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) M Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference.

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