British authorities turn down NAB’s request to share Sharif family’s bank details

  • Officials of Pakistan's top anti-graft body unhappy over the response

LAHORE – British authorities have refused to share the details of bank accounts of the Sharif family with Pakistan’s top anti-graft body – the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

NAB officials had written a letter to the authorities, seeking the details of the bank accounts which were used to run the offshore companies owned by the Sharif family. However, the authorities turned down the NAB’s request claiming it is unclear what is exactly being asked in the letter.

The Bureau is investigating the corruption allegations on the Sharif family and had filed three corruption references against them in line with the Supreme Court’s verdict in Panama case.

NAB officials have expressed displeasure over the response, the Geo News reported. They have made the letter a part of Volume 10 of the Joint Investigation Team report.

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Earlier, a law officer of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) had declined to assist the JIT in probing the alleged offences committed by the offshore companies owned by the Sharif family – Nescoll Limited and Neilson Enterprises.

The response from BVI’s law officer was a reply to a request of mutual legal assistance from JIT head Wajid Zia. The request sought help in the confirmation and verification of certain documents.