LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has on Wednesday approved Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-president Maryam Nawaz’s interim bail till April 12 and barred the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting her.
A two-member bench heard Maryam Nawaz’s plea as the PML-N leader moved the court on Wednesday requesting an interim bail ahead of her NAB hearing on March 26. The LHC directed Maryam Nawaz to appear before the NAB investigation officer. The court issued notice to the NAB chairman and summoned reply in the next hearing.
Maryam Nawaz talked to media afterwards and said that NAB is being run by everyone except the institution itself.
The PML-N leader said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government is in trouble and the anti-graft body will not be allowed to save his sinking ship.
Maryam Nawaz said there are no differences with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and such ups and downs are a part of politics. PML-N and PPP have individual strategies and some common goals under Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), she added.
The PML-N vice-president has good relationship with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. I am Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, I am aware of the politics of tolerance and know how to follow it, she commented.
PML-N’s Muhammad Safdar, Rana Sanaullah and Pervaiz Rashid were present in the courtroom along with Maryam Nawaz who was summoned by the anti-corruption watchdog in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills and illegal land transfer cases. She had challenged the NAB notices afterwards.
NAB spokesperson told that Sharif family is accused of illegally acquiring over 3000 kanals of land in 2013 and of changing the Lahore Master Plan in 2015 with the help of the then DCO Noorul Amin Mengal and LDA DG Ahad Khan Cheema. It has further been alleged that Sharif family, with the connivance of officials, got thousands of kanals in Jati Umrah, declared as green land. The NAB notice directed Maryam Nawaz to bring all required records with her on March 26.