PESHAWAR: An accountability court in Lahore on Friday handed over incarcerated former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on 14-day physical remand to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Chaudhry sugar mills case.
The PML-N leader was presented before the accountability court by NAB authorities in connection with the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case hearing. Strict security arrangements were made outside the court on the occasion of Sharif’s appearance. When the proceedings of the case started, the NAB investigating officer requested physical for remand of the former PM.
During proceedings, the court asked the investigating officer whether Sharif was shown a warrant at the time of his arrest. To which the investigating officer replied that Nawaz Sharif was arrested on bases of his arrest warrant.
Sharif made a statement in the court saying that NAB officials came to him in the morning and arrested him without letting him contact the lawyer. “My father was a businessman and we had a steel job at that time, the government at that time took over all the institutions, our mills were also taken over,” he said.
In his statement, Nawaz Sharif said, “I’ve been Chief Minister in this country and been a Prime Minister for three times. Present evidence of corruption and I will withdraw from politics,” said Nawaz. He said that all his wealth is the result of his business as, before a politician, he was a successful businessman. He alleged that NAB is being used for the victimization of the leaders and workers of the PML-N.
NAB Prosecutor said in his arguments that Nawaz Sharif was the highest shareholder in 2016, in Chaudhry Sugar Mill and Shamim Sugar Mill. NAB Prosecutor added that Nawaz Sharif owned Rs 43 million shares in 1992. While Maryam Nawaz, Shahbaz Sharif and others were also shareholders in Chaudhry Sugar Mill. “Nawaz Sharif has not explained how he got so many shares in 1992,” said NAB prosecutor.
After hearing the arguments of the NAB prosecutor and Nawaz Sharif’s lawyers, the court handed over the former prime minister to the NAB on 14 days physical remand. It should be remembered that Mian Nawaz Sharif is imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat jail these days.