NAB summons Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind road case

05:40 PM | 13 May, 2018
NAB summons Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind road case
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LAHORE - Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog has summoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on May 20 in a case pertaining to misuse of public funds for the construction of Jati Umra road in Raiwand.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had approved the corruption reference against Nawaz and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for misuse of public funds amounting to Rs126 million spent on the construction of the two-lane road from Raiwind to their family residence, in December 2017.

The Bureau had initiated the investigation into the matter first in April 2000. The case was among 146 high-profile cases cited in a list by the bureau.

The ousted PM is already facing corruption references filed by NAB in an accountability court in Islamabad. The corruption references filed against the Sharif family pertain to Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hills Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd and London’s Avenfield properties.

Yesterday, a leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) filed a constitutional petition against National Accountability Bureau Chairperson Javed Iqbal in the Supreme Court.

The petition, filed by Noor Ahmed Awan, states that the National Accountability Bureau had released a press release on May 8 which stated that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in transferring money to India.

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On May 8, the NAB had issued a press release stating that it will probe alleged laundering of $4.9 billion to India by Nawaz Sharif and others. The press release mentioned that the information was taken from the Migration and Remittance Book 2016.

However, the State Bank of Pakistan had rejected the information on September 21, 2016, the petition noted. It states that the sole purpose of the press release was to malign Nawaz Sharif. The press release has raised questions pertaining to institute’s integrity, it mentions.

The petitioner said that the orders should be given to investigating the move to issue the press release. He said that the NAB chairman should also submit an unconditional apology. The petition also requests for the NAB chairman to be removed from his post.