ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, on Tuesday said she has been ‘dragged’ into the corruption cases filed against her and her family to be taught a lesson and to force her father to cower.
“I answered 127 questions presented by an accountability court hearing the Avenfield reference,” Maryam said while addressing a press conference at Punjab House, Islamabad.
The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharifs’ London properties, is among three filed against the family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said her name was not mentioned in the April 2017 verdict but she was later implicated in the JIT investigation.
Maryam went on to say that she was “dragged into the case [Avenfield reference]” owing to “teach a lesson mindset”.
“Despite not figuring anywhere in the Supreme Court judgment dated April 20, 2017, the reason I was dragged into the case finds its origin in ‘will teach a lesson’ mindset that has threatened, harassed and victimised those who refuse to accept the excesses, those who had the courage to stand up to injustice and those who have dared to question the rotten, entrenched practice of bringing elected prime ministers to their knees, on one pretext or the other, be it religion, corruption or even ‘ghaddari’,” she said while reading out a part of her statement recorded before the accountability court.