Chaudhry Sugar Mills case: Maryam Nawaz’s remand extended till Oct 25

LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday extended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz and cousin Yousaf Abbas’s judicial remand till October 25 in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

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The PML-N leader and her cousin were presented before accountability court judge Chaudhry Ameer Mohammad Khan following the conclusion of their earlier remand.

During the proceedings today, the court asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation officer, when a reference would be filed in the case, to which he responded that the reference had entered the final stages of preparation and would be filed approval from the NAB chairman.

Maryam requested the court to grant her permission to meet her incarcerated father, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who is currently in Services Hospital undergoing treatment for low platelets count in his body. The court rejected her request.

On Tuesday, doctors at the Lahore Services Hospital had termed Nawaz’s condition as ‘serious’ despite the transfusion of three mega units of platelets within hours after his admission.

According to the medical tests carried out yesterday, the platelet count of the former premier “dropped from 16,000 to a critical level of 2,000” when he was brought to hospital late on Monday night, prompting the medical board members to go for “immediate transfusion of the platelets to save his life”, said one of the board members.

NAB had shifted the Nawaz to the Services Hospital late on Monday night after his personal physician, Dr Adnan Khan, had raised an alarm about his critical condition in the anti-graft watchdog’s custody.

On August 8, NAB had arrested Maryam along with her cousin Yousaf Abbas in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

On Aug 23, sources within the anti-graft watchdog had claimed that the bureau will soon write to relevant banks and other institutions, asking them to freeze the movable and immovable assets owned by both the accused.

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