Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officialInamur Rehman Sehri, who claimed to have evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was one of the beneficiaries of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), it emerged on Monday.


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According to a report by Express Tribune, Sehri who is appearing on television shows to blow the lid off Sharifs murky wheeling and dealings in the purview of Panama case is said to own assets beyond his known sources of income and a case was registered against him in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) during former president General (retd) Pervez Musharf’s regime.

The former police officer had left Pakistan after a corruption case was registered against him and he was declared an absconder by the National Accountability Court as well.

According to sources, he was known for corrupt practices in Pakistan Railways Police and FIA.

A reference was filed against him in NAB in October 24, 2002 after which a formal investigation was launched against him. Reference was based on the allegation that his assets were disproportionate to his known means of income.

In 2007, country’s graft buster sought the assistance of Interpol and the Secretariat General of International Crime Police Organisation (ICPO) after which the former agency issued red notices against five absconders, including Sehri.

The accused were wanted in cases of corruption, fraud, forgery, criminal breach of trust and corrupt practices.

Sehri is a former superintendent of police and has served in Pakistan Railway’s police and also worked as deputy director in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the same department whose official is heading the six-member Joint Investigation Team currently probing Sharif family.

During an interview to a private news channel on Saturday, Sehri had claimed that he had sufficient evidence to put the ruling leaders to task.

The official himself tainted by corruption in explosive revelations that he was privy to the developments regarding Hudaibya Paper Mills in which the Sharif duo allegedly laundered money.

“The Park Lane property was part of our investigations in 1993. There was no existence of any Qatari letter at that time,” he said in a conversation with Samaa.

“We had conducted a full inquiry into the Park Lane apartment. The file later disappeared,” he added.

Sehri maintained that in addition to Nelson and Nescol Company, the ruling Sharif family also had a second Panama company to manage Hudabya Paper Mills and Iteefaq Engineering.

The former FIA official said that JIT could summon the record of the second company if it so desired, adding that he was willing to appear before the JIT if security is provided.

He also named several banks in Lahore used to “whiten the money” using members of Qazi family.

Ironically, the president of National bank of Pakistan who was also summoned by the Joint Investigation Team in its ongoing probe was also accused of money laundering by PTI chairman Imran Khan.

Imran Khan’s Reaction

Reacting to the damning revelations of Inamur Rehman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan said that this was the most damning evidence of money laundering against the Sharif brothers.

“In my view, it’s a damning evidence of money laundering. Inam ur Rehman was involved in the inquiry. He should appear before the JIT and share the evidence.

“This is the decisive case of Pakistan’s history and I am hopeful that JIT will summon him for questioning,” Khan had said.