NAB arrests Nawaz Sharif in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case

LAHORE, Oct 11 (INP): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The PML-N supremo was arrested from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison – where he is already incarcerated and serving time in the Avenfield case – and taken to an accountability court in the provincial capital.

Presented in court amid tight security, the accountability watchdog requested the court for a 15-day physical remand.

“Nawaz Sharif is behind the bars in Kot Lakhpat and he needs to be interrogated in the CSM case,” said NAB’s prosecutor Hafiz Asad Awan.

“In the CSM case, Nawaz’s arrest and his questioning are very important. The case cannot proceed further unless these conditions are not fulfilled,” added the NAB prosecutor.

Earlier in August this year, NAB had also arrested PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and Yousuf Abbas in the CSM case.

Nawaz had already been sentenced to seven years in prison last year. An Islamabad anti-corruption court had ruled in 2018 that the PML-N leader was unable to prove the source of income that had led to his ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia.

However, the former premier had claimed the charges were politically motivated.

Nawaz was also sentenced by the same court to 10 years in prison on charges related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London after the Supreme Court removed him from power.

Nawaz, while speaking to the media in Lahore on Friday, expressed full support for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s (JUI-F) ‘Azadi March’ scheduled to be held in Islamabad on October 31.

“Maulana Fazlur Rehman had proposed to resign from the assemblies after the elections and I believe, to reject his call was a wrong decision,” said the former premier.

He added, “PML-N fully supports JUI-F’s march and in this regard, I have written everything in a letter to Shahbaz Sharif.”

INP/AJ