NAB moves interior ministry for placing Sharifs on ECL

  • Capt Safdar can flee the country at any time: NAB

ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau has forwarded a request to the interior ministry seeking travel restrictions for the members of Sharif family.

A day after the accountability court handed down imprisonment sentence to Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, the anti-graft body forwarded a summary to the interior ministry seeking to enforce ECL restrictions for the co-accused in the Avenfield reference.

In its letter, the accountability watchdog pleaded that Captain (r) Safdar, the son-in-law of the former premier Nawaz Sharif, could flee the country at any time, so his name should be placed on the Exit Control List, blocking any of his offshore visits.

Avenfield reference verdict: Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Capt (r) Safdar sentenced to prison by accountability court

Earlier on Friday, judge Muhammad Bashir handed a 10-year sentence and £8 million (Rs1.29 billion) to Pakistan’s former prime minister in a corruption reference pertaining to Sharif family’s Avenfield apartment in London, UK.

In the detailed decision, Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir also sentenced Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, to seven years in jail for forgery and making assets through illegal sources in the landmark decision. She has been ordered to pay a fine of £2 million (Rs320 million).

Moreover, the judge ordered to seal the property in question, suggesting the government to do legislation to bring plundered money back to the country.

Capt (r) Safdar Awan, who is the son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif, was jailed for one year for cheating- he is currently in Pakistan campaigning for elections, however, he has been barred from electoral politics for a span of 10 years.