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Maryam Nawaz granted bail in CSM case

LAHORE:  The Lahore High Court on  Monday approved bail plea of  Maryam Nawaz  in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

A division bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi had reserved the verdict on the plea on October 31. 

National Accountability Bureau  (NAB) prosecutor opposed the bail plea that sought bail for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader on  humanitarian  grounds.

She had filed the   application after her father and three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was  hospitalized  in critical condition.

Nawaz Sharif, who had been serving a jail term in  Al-Azizia reference case, was also given bail  by a bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC)  on humanitarian grounds last month.

The NAB had arrested Maryam  on August 8 along with her  cousin Yousuf Abbas in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

A team of doctors would inspect the PML-N Vice President and her cousin before they are presented before an Accountability Court on Friday, it said.

According to the statement, the NAB would seek remand of the suspects in accordance with the law. 

During the hearing on bail plea, Maryam Nawaz’s counsel Amjad Pervez said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been subjecting the petitioner to double jeopardy and invoking the laws retrospectively. 

He argued that Maryam has never been an active shareholder of the CSM while her uncle and cousin have been looking after business affairs after the death of her grandfather Mian Sharif who had established the mill in 1991. 

He said all properties, business concerns and companies of the Sharif family including the CSM have already been investigated by a Joint Investigation Team formed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the Panama Papers case. 

He said the JIT has not approved a reference regarding the CSM or assets owned by Maryam.

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