NAB calls meeting to approve references against Sharifs, Dar on Wednesday

  • References will be filed with an accountability court on Sept 7 after their approval
  • Two references prepared regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment by NAB Pindi
  • NAB Lahore prepares reference against Sharif family regarding London flats
  • Reference prepared against Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond known sources of income
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has called a meeting of executive board for approval of references submitted by regional offices against Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, local media reported.

NAB’s Prosecutor General, General Operation director, and DG NAB Rawalpindi would also attend the meeting to review all aspects before filing the reference with an accountability court.

The references regarding London flats, Al-Azizia Steel Mill and offshore companies against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz, while a reference against Dar on possessing assets beyond sources of income will be sent to the court on September 7 once they are cleared by executive board.

The meeting will also reviewed the suggestions regarding seizing assets of Sharif family and putting name of them on Exit Control List (ECL).

References

On September 1, the Lahore office sent two references, one against the Sharif family regarding ownership of London flats and other against Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

Similarly, NAB Rawalpindi prepared two references against Sharif family regarding Hill Metal Establishment and purchase of Al-Azizia Steel Mills.

The regional offices also suggest the seizure of all properties owned by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children named Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz.

It has also been asked the headquarters to put the names of members of Sharif family and Ishaq Dar on Exit Control List (ECL).

Apex Court Orders

The Supreme Court while announcing the landmark decision of Panamagate case, which caused ouster of Nawaz Sharif on July 28, had ordered the NAB to file references against the Sharif family and Ishaq Dar within six weeks. It also directed the NAB to decide the references within six months.

NAB’s Proceedings

During the course of investigation, the NAB summoned the members of Sharif family to join investigations regarding London flats and Al-Azizia Steel Mills, but they did not pay heed to the notices.

The NAB also recorded the statement of Wajid Zia, who had headed a joint investigation team formed by the apex court to probe the assets of Sharif family.