Vastavam web: Pakistan’s anti-corruption bureau arrested opposition leader Maryam Nawaz on Thursday, the agency and a spokeswoman for her political party said, the latest high-profile detention of a member of the Sharif political dynasty. The daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested with her cousin, Yousaf Abbas, while attempting to visit her father at a jail in the city of Lahore, where he is being held after being convicted of graft.
“Maryam and Abbas have been arrested in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case,” Azma Bukhari, a spokeswoman for her Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, told. She has been given a medical examination, suggesting she would not get bail, Bukhari added.
An NAB team also raided the home of Shahbaz Sharif, the current leader of the opposition, and Maryam’s uncle, in search of another her cousins, Abdul Aziz, an agency official said on condition of anonymity. The mill is owned by the family, which has dominated the country’s politics for three decades, and says the cases against it are politically motivated.
Maryam is one of the few opposition figures to openly criticise Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan’s powerful military, accusing them in recent weeks of censoring rallies and press conferences held by her party.
The video purported to show the judge who had convicted her father in a corruption case saying he was blackmailed into delivering a guilty verdict against Sharif. Khan and the military deny any media ban of the party or that the cases against the family are politically motivated.