Saturday December 04, 2021

Maryam says Nawaz to return once health is out of danger

IHC adjourns hearing of Avenfield reference against Maryam and husband Capt (r) Safdar till Sept 23

By Web Desk
September 01, 2020
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice-President Maryam Nawaz has said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will fly back to the country as soon as his health comes out of danger.

Maryam made the remarks after her appearance at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday to attend a hearing of the Avenfield Apartments review petition.

“Everyone is equal in the eyes of the law,” Maryam said, adding that they [the Sharif family] had been buried under accusations.

“Imran Khan used to say if Nawaz went abroad there would no accountability," she said, adding that the case against her father should have been dismissed after the Arshad Malik case decision by the court.

The court after the hearing today adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield reference against the Maryam and her husband Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar till September 23, while those filed by Nawaz were adjourned till September 10.

Earlier on arrival at the court, Maryam — speaking about her father's treatment in London — had said that no one wants to be away from his/her home country at such an age. "Mian Sahab's treatment is going on, it got delayed due to the coronavirus," she said. Regarding the upcoming APC, she said that "I don't think he [Nawaz] will tell us not to attend it".

Maryam had added that Nawaz was 'restless' to return to Pakistan. However, the PML-N leader said she told him not to do so until his treatment was going on.

Referring to the incumbent government, she said that it was reaping what it had sown. "I thought this government would take five years to give such a poor performance. The damage they were expected to do in five years has been done only in two years' time," she added.

On the subject of the All Parties Conference (APC), the PML-N leader had said that it was the need of the hour for the opposition to gather on the same page. "You will know at the APC that everyone is on the same page," she had said.

'Govt reaping what it has sown'

Referring to the incumbent government, she said that it was reaping what it had sown. "I thought this government would take five years to perform such poorly. The damage they were expected to do in five years' time has been done only in two years," she added.

Maryam had briefly stopped at Bara Kahu where a large number of PML-N workers had gathered to welcome her.

Nawaz seeks exemption from attending Avenfield review petition hearing

Maryam's father, former prime minister Nawaz, had sought exemption from attending the hearing, while Maryam and Safdar had filed a request for adjournment. All three — Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar — are out on bail in the case.

In July 2018, PML-N supremo Nawaz had been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped with an £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference while Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million).

The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) the preceding year in light of the Supreme Court's verdict against Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. The reference pertained to the ownership of the Sharif family's apartments at Avenfield House, London.

PML-N workers clash with police as Maryam visits NAB office in Lahore

Last month, clashes between Punjab Police and PML-N workers took place when Maryam arrived at the NAB office in Lahore. What should have been a routine appearance before the anti-graft body, turned into a series of events that ran late into the evening, with the party as well as government officials engaged in an effort to seize the narrative.

While Maryam accused the police of firing tear gas shells and baton-charging party workers, and moreover of a deliberate attempt to cause her injury, the government said the violence was initiated by PML-N which has a “history” of “launching attacks against law enforcement”.

Matters were intensified after footage available with Geo News showed what appeared to be PML-N workers loading rocks in plastic bags onto a double cabin vehicle.

Later on, as many as two dozen of the party's workers were arrested, with the government vowing to hold all those responsible to account.