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My only fault is that I am Nawaz Sharif’s daughter: Maryam Nawaz

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 2016 verdict but she was later implicated in the JIT investigation.
Maryam went on to say that she was “dragged into the case” 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 asserted.
Reading out the second part of her statement recorded before an accountability court, Maryam said, “I, like my father, know why I was named in this case.”
“I am not involved in any corrupt practices or any theft,” she added.
“My only fault is that I am Nawaz Sharif’s daughter. My only fault is that I like other brave women of this country stand firmly with my father. My only fault is that I think my father is right,” Maryam asserted.
She further continued that she was named in the case to pressurise her father. “They are aware of the sensitive relationship between a father and daughter.”
“They [conspirators] named me in the case to make my father cower before them,” the PML-N leader added.
At the last hearing of the accountability court on Monday, Maryam denied being the beneficial owner of London flats and offshore companies Nielsen and Nescoll while testifying before the court. Maryam remarked that she never took any financial advantage from these companies. Moreover, she shared that she has nothing to do with 25% shares of Gulf Steel Mills, Al-Taufiq case, and settlement worth Rs12 million.
Maryam said that the Capital FZE documents don’t concern her, adding that the documents were submitted with ‘despicable purposes’.
During court proceedings, Maryam remarked that the letters which were used as evidence against Sharif family cannot be made part of court records. The two letters she mentioned include one which was submitted by Joint Investigation Team Head Wajid Zia on July 3, 2017, and other by Mossack Fonseca dated June 22, 2012.
While referring to the JIT letter, she explained that the way letter was sent to JIT was quite suspicious and not according to the law. “There is no truth in letter attained from the private firm.”
Moreover, with regards to the Mossack Fonseca letter, she shared that she was denied the right to cross-examine the witness who penned down the letter.