Chaudhry mills case: Nawaz fails to record satisfactory answers on NAB questionnaire

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Ex-prime minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday has failed to record satisfactory answers on the questionnaire provided him by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

According to sources, Nawaz Sharif had told the anti-corruption watchdog’s officials that his son Hussain Nawaz handles business matters so the team should ask him.

NAB officials questioned the former premier that he, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and nephew Yousaf Abbas had laundered Rs410 million on which, the PML-N supremo said, “You should better ask this from the people you have mentioned.”

Responding to a question related to Naseer Abdullah, the ex-PM said that he has business relation with his family.

Earlier, NAB court had approved 14-day physical remand of Nawaz Sharif in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

During the hearing, NAB prosecutor said that in 1992, Chaudhry Sugar Mills was established and Nawaz Sharif owned shares worth Rs43 million.

On August 8, NAB team had detained Maryam Nawaz outside the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore for skipping appearance in Chaudhry Sugar Mills due to meeting with her father and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Maryam Nawaz was unable to provide the required details of foreign investment in sugar mills while she was also failed to satisfy the bureau regarding source of income for purchasing the shares. NAB has also claimed that three foreigners had transferred 11000 shares worth millions of rupees on Maryam Nawaz’s name.

The anti-corruption watchdog’s daycare centre was declared sub-jail for the PML-N leader while female police and NAB personnel were deployed for her.

On July 19, accountability court had turned down petition of NAB claiming Maryam Nawaz had produced a bogus trust deed in Avenfield reference.

Judge Mohammad Bashir had declared anti-corruption watchdog’s appeal as unmaintainable and ruled that no action can be taken in this regard until the decision of Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Maryam’s petition against the Avenfield properties verdict.

On July 6, 2018, accountability judge Mohammad Bashir had convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in Avenfield properties reference and sentenced them 10 years and 07 years imprisonment, respectively.

In the verdict, judge Bashir had declared that “The trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus… In view of the role of this accused Maryam Nawaz, she is convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years with fine of two million pounds.”

She was arrested and shifted to Adiala jail. Later, in September 2018, she was released from jail after the Islamabad High Court suspended her prison sentence.