Pakistan's apex anti-corruption group summons Nawaz Sharif, sons

Lahore: Pakistan's top anti-graft organisation has summoned ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons in money laundering and corruption cases on Friday on the order of the Supreme Court.

File image of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. AP

File image of Nawaz Sharif. AP

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has issued summons to Nawaz Sharif and his sons — Hussain and Hasan — to interrogate them in its Lahore office in connection with their offshore properties revealed by the Panama Papers case.

On July 28, the five-member bench of the Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif for possessing a work permit in the firm of his son in the UAE.

The apex court had also directed the NAB to investigate money laundering and other corruption charges against Sharif and his children, son-in-law Safdar and relative federal finance minister Ishaq Dar in light of the report of the Joint
Investigation Team.

The NAB confirmed that Sharif and his sons have been directed to appear before NAB's Lahore office on 18 August. The NAB said that it will take up the reference against Ishaq Dar on 23 August and summons has been issued to him in its respect.

Sharif, however, has not yet decided to appear before the NAB.

"Nawaz Sharif is considering boycotting the NAB proceedings because he thinks it is very much likely that like the Panama Papers case he may not get justice in its case as well," a PML-N senior leader told PTI.

He said Sharif has already expressed his concern over a Supreme Court judge who is supervising the NAB's investigation against him, fearing that he (judge) will ensure adverse verdict against him in the accountability court.

"Sharif will discuss the NAB summons with his confidants on Thursday before making a final decision about his appearance in NAB," he added.


Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 06:39 am | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 06:39 am


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