The opposition leader and the daughter of the Ex-Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif were arrested by National Accountability Bureau on Thursday, 8th August. The opposition leader had gone to the Kot Lakhpat jail to see her father already arrested by NAB. Along with Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the bureau also arrested her cousin Yousaf Abbas Sharif. Both of the two were taken into custody in connection with the Chaudary Sugar Mill case. The mills are the property of the Sharif family. The two arrested will be presented before the court on Friday, 9th of August 2019. The reports further added that the accused was initially asked to present before the Accountability bureau but she paid no heed to the instructions. Hence, the bureau instructed the concerned authorities to take her into custody. Following the event, the NAB authorities also raided the home of Mr. Shahbaz Sharif.
In his statement, Mr. Shahzad Akbar stated on Wednesday that the Sharif family misused the CSM and used it for the money laundering. They did not export a single sac of sugar but still took the benefit of subsidy worth millions. As per his statement, the sugar mill was set up back in 1991. In the early days, it enjoyed the status of the offshore company. The machinery was bought with the loan worth $15 million taken from Bahrain government. In 2008 Maryan Nawaz became the main shareholder. In 2010 the same shares were transferred to Yousaf Abbas.
Before getting arrested Maryam also appeared before the accountability court on the 31st of July to record the statement. She appeared to defend her position on the business transactions that were stated as something dubious by the accountability authorities. The court asked her to submit her statement on Thursday, but she refused to appear before the court which ultimately led to her arrest. It is important to recall that she also had a press conference a few weeks back showing the judge as under pressure in giving the verdict.