Court summons Maryam over fake trust deed


–Maryam Nawaz says govt formed another case against her after her explosive presser

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday issued a notice to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz to appear before it on July 19 in Avenfield case.

The court’s judge Mohammad Bashir issued summon for Maryam Nawaz as, according to the National Accountability Bureau, her “trust deed was proven fake” in the case.

NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Khan Abbasi submitted a plea against Maryam Nawaz for trial on the basis of fake documents.

NAB application read, “The above conclusion [that the document used was bogus] by this court was reached after evaluating the entire evidence; hence, it is apparent that the respondent has maliciously fabricated and tendered false evidence/information with the intention to mislead the due process of law and trial and hamper the administration of justice.”

The court may initiate action against the PML-N leader under Section 30 of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, said the prosecutor.


Responding to the summons, Maryam Nawaz took to Twitter, saying she was expecting such a move from the government after her press conference that exposed the ‘conspiracies’ against her father.

“Didn’t I predict that? Wasn’t I expecting that? Didn’t I know what was coming? Didn’t I know the lowest this infamous gang can stoop to? Yes, I did. Make no mistake.”

In a series of tweets, she asked her followers whether she should appear before the NAB court that was “blackmailed” to give an ‘unfavourable’ verdict. Warning the government, she said that “summon me [to the court] at your own risk, as maybe you won’t be able to handle the truth”.

Last year in September, the Islamabad High Court had suspended the sentences of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (r) Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference.

On July 6 last year, after four extensions in the original six-month deadline to conclude all three cases, the accountability court announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference.

Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively.

The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the NAB last year in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict against Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. The reference pertains to the ownership of the Sharif family’s apartments at Avenfield House, London.