LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a 14-day extension in the physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shehbaz in Ramzan Sugar Mills and assets beyond mean cases respectively.
Earlier, Maryam and her cousin Yousuf Abbas had been remanded into NAB custody following their arrest on August 8. Abbas was also remanded in NAB custody for 14-days.
Amid strict security arrangements, Maryam and Abbas were presented in court today, where judge Naeem Arshad heard NAB’s request for a 15-day extension in their physical remand.
The lawyer, during the proceeding, said that the investigations with Maryam had not yet been completed and requested an extension in remand for that purpose.
In response, Maryam’s lawyer Advocate Amjad Pervez said that the investigation had been carried out in all cases and the trial had been completed.
On August 8, Maryam was taken into custody by NAB from Kot Lakhpat Jail, where she had been visiting her incarcerated father.
PML-N vice president Maryam had appeared before NAB on July 31 to record her statement in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills reference. The statement was regarding ‘dubious’ business transactions of the CSM of which she was one of the major shareholders.
Hamza was presented before the court today following the conclusion of his earlier physical remand.
During the hearing of assets beyond means and money laundering case, the anti-graft watchdog told the accountability court that millions of dollars were transferred from Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz’s account by those who were not having passports.
On June 11, the accountability watchdog had arrested Hamza in the same cases shifted him to the bureau’s headquarter at Thokar Niaz Baig in Lahore as the Lahore High Court (LHC) turned down his applications for extension in his interim bail.
In June, the bench was told by the NAB that in the year 2018, Shehbaz’s assets were found to be worth Rs410 million, whereas he could not prove assets worth Rs380 million, and the money was laundered to Dubai and England, and 40 individuals were involved in the money laundering.
“Billions of rupees were added to the assets of Shehbaz’s family, whereas Hamza couldn’t provide details of the sources of his income,” said the prosecutor.