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Maryam’s NAB appearance postponed as chaos ensues outside bureau’s office

20 PML-N workers arrested

SAMAA | , and - Posted: Aug 11, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
Posted: Aug 11, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago

Chaos ensued outside NAB Lahore office Tuesday afternoon after PML-N workers and supporters clashed with the police before the appearance of party leader Maryam Nawaz in a property case.

NAB is investigating Maryam in a case pertaining to the illegal transfer of a 200-acre land in Raiwind. The bureau had even prepared a questionnaire for her.

More than 20 PML-N workers have been arrested for pelting stones at the office and policemen deployed outside it. In response, the police baton-charged the crowd to disperse them.

NAB, in a statement, said that it has postponed Maryam's appearance because of the chaos. Many policemen were injured and the office windows were broken because of the attack initiated by the PML-N workers, the bureau said.

It accused Maryam of promoting violence just so she doesn't have to appear before the bureau. Those who intervened in legal processes will be held accountable, NAB added.

Maryam will respond to the accusations against her in a press conference at 3pm.

The PML-N leader, on the other hand, on her Twitter account shared a video of policemen pelting stones at her vehicle outside the NAB office.

She also said that she condemns the police's stone throwing, shelling and baton charge on the "peaceful" workers.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, the spokesperson of the PML-N, denied that the attack was initiated by the PML-N supporters. "You should show the videos of the police hurling stones at Maryam Nawaz's car," she said while speaking on SAMAA TV. The authorities should be taken to task over the way they are treating the country's politicians.

Earlier, the senior party leaders complained that the police had set up barriers outside the office and they weren't being allowed to go inside.

Chaudhry Sugar Mills case

NAB is also investigating the PML-N leader in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. She is accused of receiving Rs160 million via telegraphic transfers from a woman, Siddiqa Saeed, in 1998, according to the National Accountability Bureau. She allegedly transferred the amount to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills.

Maryam, who was arrested on August 8, 2019, was incarcerated at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. She was released after the Lahore High Court approved her bail on November 4, 2019 after she submitted sureties of Rs10 million, an additional Rs50 million, and surrendered her passport.

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