NAB summons Maryam Nawaz over Jati Umra property
Soon after PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz were indicted in Ramzan Sugar Mills reference, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Thursday directed Maryam Nawaz to appear in person on August 11 regarding the accusation of Jati Umra property.
Maryam – the political heiress of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and the party’s vice-president – has been summoned for allegedly transferring 200 acres of Jati Umra land illegally in her name.
It is not the first allegation that Maryam is facing as she has already been accused of money laundering and assets beyond means accusations in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. Last year in August, she was arrested in the case while she was visiting his incarcerated father in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.
However, the Lahore High Court later granted bail to her in the matter and was released from prison in December. Before being shifted to the Kot Lakhpat jail, she also spent some time in the NAB detention, which had obtained physical remand for an accountability court.
Earlier this month, the NAB arrested Muhammad Usman – the chief financial officer of the Sharif Group of Companies and got a 14-day physical remand from an accountability court in Lahore.
On Thursday, Shehbaz told a court before his indictment that Before his indictment, Shehbaz addressed the court and said he might be a sinful person but he did not leave any stone unturned for serving the people. He had served the people of Punjab for 10 years, added the PML-N president.
“The prosecution can say whatever they want to but they know in their hearts what the reality is,” remarked Shehbaz who said he had visited all parts of Punjab for serving the masses but didn’t claim any TA/DA or petrol for his vehicle which amounted to millions of rupees.
Shehbaz told the court that he launched projects and brought investment worth trillions of rupees and even saved a total amount of Rs100 billion in the Orange Line project.
The PML-N president said he had been accused of corruption through the constructing a drain costing Rs200 million and questioned would he do anything like that when he had not even claimed TA/DA.