LAHORE – A team of National Accountability Bureau investigators probing the Sharif family’s offshore properties has recommended in its references that the assets of former PM Nawaz Sharif, his children, son-in-law and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar be frozen.

The references that pertain to the Sharif family’s Avenfield Properties and the setting up of the Azizia Steel Company have been sent to the NAB headquarters for further proceedings.

A meeting of the NAB Lahore regional board presided over by its director general Major (r) Shahzad Saleem was held where the references were finalised before sending them to the headquarters.

In its July 28 judgment on Panamagate case, a five-judge bench of Supreme Court unanimously disqualified Nawaz Sharif and directed the anti-graft watchdog to file references against the ex-PM, his sons Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar and Ishaq Dar.

Sharif, his children and Dar have already filed review petitions against the July 28 verdict of the apex court in the Panamagate case.

NAB last week announced that one of the references would be filed against Sharif, Maryam, Hussain, Hassan, and Capt (r) Safdar relating to the Avenfield Properties comprising flat No 16 and 16-A, 17 and 17-A Avenfield House at Park Lane area of London.

Another reference will be filed against Nawaz and Hussain with regard to the establishment of Azizia Steel Company and Hill Metal Company.

NAB will file a third reference against the deposed premier, Hussain and Hassan with regard to the companies mentioned in paragraph 9 of the judgment.

The fourth reference would be filed against Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.