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Fed. Cabinet decides not to remove Maryam Nawaz’s name from ECL

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ISLAMABAD: Federal cabinet has decided here today against removing name of Maryam Nawaz from Exit Control List (ECL). 

Speaking at a Presser held after the meeting, PTI-Government’s spokesperson, special assistant to the PM on information, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan informed that a total of 24 cases were brought before the cabinet through an interior ministry summary in which no VIP’s name was highlighted.

According to Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, out of the total 24, it was decided to add four names to the ECL, remove eight names from the list, the decision on eight cases was deferred and the request to remove one name was rejected.

Answering to a query about allowing Maryam Nawaz to travel abroad, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan stated: “The cabinet unanimously rejected the request to remove the name from ECL of the VIP personality you are inquiring about.”

According to her cabinet showed consensus on the implementation of “one law and uniform law” throughout Pakistan and endorsed the recommendation of the cabinet sub-committee on ECL, which had opposed the request to strike Maryam’s name off the ECL.

It is pertinent to mention here that Maryam Nawaz had requested HC apropos removal her name from no-fly list. On 9th day of December, LHC directed the federal government’s review committee to decide on the matter in a week.

As government failed to obey the orders, on 21st of December, Maryam Nawaz lodged another petition seeking removal from the ECL enabling her to travel to London in order to see her father, who she claimed was seriously malade.

Reacting to her second petition, LHC ordered the government to inform Maryam Nawaz on its decision regarding removal of her name from the ECL. The hearing was adjourned till 26th day of December.

Lahore High Court grants bail to Maryam Nawaz in Ch. Sugar Mills Case

LAHORE: A two-member bench headed by Justice Baqir Ali Najafi has granted bail  to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. She has been ordered to surrender her passport and furnish two surety bonds of one crore rupees each.

During the hearing NAB prosecutor pleaded that the petition be rejected. Pointing out that Maryam Nawaz had sought bail on humanitarian grounds in order to nurse her hospitalized father, NAB prosecutor stated that there was no space in law for such type of bail.

It may be recalled that NAB had taken Maryam Nawaz into custody on 8th day of August, accusing her of involvement in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, from Kot Lakhpat Jail when she went there to meet her incarcerated ailing father. 

According to NAB Sharif clan had acquired $ 15 million loan in order to set up the Chaudhry Sugar Mills that had already been established before the loan was acquired. NAB had accused the Sharif family of using the same Mills for money-laundering and illegal transfer of shares.

Court in its order noted NAB’s charge that Maryam Nawaz had transferred Rs. 7 million worth of shares in 2008 through Mills’ shares (which were later transferred to her cousin Yousaf Abbas Sharif in 2010) required further investigation.  

While granting her bail under the Constitution’s Article 199 the court held: “Since the prosecution has shown the bank statement of the petitioner in which on 28.11.2011 Rs.7 crores were withdrawn and the prosecution has apprehension of fleeing away of the petitioner, therefore, to satisfy our judicial conscience we would pass a conditional order.”

Commenting on the verdict Senator Sherry Rehman stated by means of a Tweet: Good to know that Lahore High Court has granted bail to Maryam Nawaz Sharif. Hope that the PPP leadership including Pres Zardari, who is in custody for questioning will also be released soon. Keeping political opponents in jail with no wrong proven is bad news.”

Maryam Nawaz arrested by NAB Lahore from Kot Lakhpat Jail

LAHORE: Vice President of PML-N Maryam Nawaz who was visiting her father (deposed PM Nawaz Sharif) at Kot Lakhpat Jail here today, has been arrested by NAB officials in Ch. Sugar Mills reference.

Chairman PPP-P Bilawal Bhutto Zardari walked out from NA condemning the arrest of Maryam Nawaz. A resolution has also been submitted against her arrest in Punjab Assembly. 

Bilawal Bhutto noted that Imran Khan’s government was subjecting the opponents when it was supposed to focus on the move made by Narendra Modi regarding depriving Indian Occupied Kashmir of its status. Drawing a parallel between the dictatorship of Zia-ul-Haq Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that both regimes registered cases against women: “We have faced dictators in the past as well,” he said.

According to sources privy to NPTV she was supposed to answer NAB questionnaire harboring six queries today by 3PM, but the Bureau deemed it necessary to detain her before that deadline as reportedly she had refused to appear before the Bureau officials. She was properly shown the arrest warrant and taken to the NAB Head Quarters where she was examined by  a team of doctors. 

NAB sources have revealed that she and her brothers Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz had failed to appear before it despite summons for investigation in the case of Ch. Sugar Mills and owning assets beyond means. But they did not appear before NAB. 

NAB has also detained Nawaz Sharif’s nephew Yousuf Abbas who would be presented before accountability court tomorrow (Friday 9th of August, 2019). Both Maryam Nawaz and Yousuf Abbas will be produced before Accountability Court tomorrow (Friday 9th of August, 2019). 

It may be recalled that IHC has ordered release of Maryam Nawaz Sharif from Kot Lakhpat jail on 6th day of July where she was incarcerated along with her father for seven years in Avenfield properties reference.

Meanwhile, NAB has raided the residence of Shahbaz Sharif today in search of two of his servants. Due to non-availability of them NAB team left the premises. 

Commenting on the development Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Zartaj Gul Wazir alleged that Maryam Nawaz being owner and beneficiary of Chaudhry Sugar Mills was involved in billion of rupees worth of money laundering. According to her illegal subsidy had been given to Chaudhry Sugar Mills without audit. She went on to claim that the previous governments had looted the national wealth ruthlessly by taking huge loans which left fragile economy ailing.

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M. Nasir Uddin commenced his career 25 years ago as sub-editor with PPI News Agency. For the last 20 years he remained associated with leading Urdu daily Express brought out from over ten different stations simultaneously. He reports religious parties, national politics and local bodies etc.