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Maryam Nawaz arrested on corruption charges
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Maryam Nawaz arrested on corruption charges

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Islamabad, Aug 8 : Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Pakistan's Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Thursday in a corruption investigation case.

The daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was supposed to appear before the NAB for questioning in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case in which she and some other members of the Sharif family has been accused of laundering money and illegally transferring shares for personal gain through the company.

Maryam had informed NAB that she would not be able to appear for the meeting as she was planning to visit her father in a Lahore jail.where he is being held after being convicted of corruption. Maryam was arrested before she could meet her father at the Kot Lakhpal jail and was taken to the NAB office in Lahore. In a statement, NAB said, "She will be presented before a court tomorrow." Yousaf Abbaz, Maryam's cousin, was also detained, Geo news said.

Maryam had appeared to give NAB a statement on the case on July 31. However, according to reports, she had failed to satisfy the NAB watchdog with clear and consistent answers on the issue.

On Wednesday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar said that the Sharif family had used the Chaudhry Sugar Mills, which they set up during the government of the PML-N in 1991-1992, to launder money by illegally transferring shares between family members. The family is also accused of fraud for possessing assets beyond known sources of their income. (UNI)