Maryam Nawaz may get into trouble over $70 million funds probe

Maryam Nawaz may get into trouble over $70 million funds probe

KARACHI:  Maryam Nawaz may get into serious troubles as Sindh High Court has taken up the case of misutlisation of the $70 million funds provided to former first daughter by wife of former US President Barack Obama for promoting girls eduation in Pakistan.

Sindh High Court has issued notices to Maryam Nawaz, the federal finance ministry and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) director general to file replies by January 23 on a petition seeking probe into utilisation of $70 million granted by former first lady of the US Michelle Obama last year to promote girls education in Pakistan.

A division bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, was hearing the petition seeking directives for the anti-graft watchdog to investigate the alleged embezzlement of funds granted under the ‘Let Girls Learn’ project.

The petition was filed by Bisma Noreen, who had taken to the court former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and the federal authorities concerned over the alleged embezzlement.

The petitioner informed the judges that Michelle and Maryam had launched the ‘Let Girls Learn’ programme at the White House in July 2016 for the promotion of girls’ education in Pakistan.

She said the programme worth $70 million was supposed to help build over a dozen new schools and renovate hundreds of others across the country.

The court was informed that the project, which was meant to benefit 200,000 girls in the country, seemed to have been held in abeyance or the amount had been embezzled as no step had so far been taken to implement the project.

The petitioner asked the court to direct the federal government authorities to explain in what capacity the former prime minister’s daughter had signed the agreement with the former first lady of the US. The petitioner had sought a direction for the NAB to conduct an inquiry into the matter.