Maryam Nawaz among PML-N Leaders booked for ‘thuggery’

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LAHORE: The Punjab police on Wednesday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz and scores of party workers and leaders for attacking police and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials outside the agency’s Lahore office a day earlier.

Maryam Nawaz

A violent clash had erupted between police and PML-N supporters after Maryam arrived for a hearing in a case pertaining to “illegal” acquisition of land injuring many on-duty officials.

Many people, including some officials, were injured and around 50 men were rounded up after police fired tear gas besides hurling back stones at the activists, with each side blaming the other for triggering the clash.

Maryam claimed that the government had planned to “cause harm” to her through police action while posting a video of her bulletproof car’s broken windshield on her Twitter account.

The FIR, which was filed by NAB’s Director of Security and Intelligence Mohammad Asghar at the Chung police station, stated that Maryam had been called to the bureau’s Lahore office in a “personal capacity”. But instead of merely appearing for the hearing, the FIR alleged she “incited PML-N workers at the behest of her husband Safdar Awan”.