Pakistan’s anti-corruption body has approved the submission of two additional corruption references to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the accountability court.
The regional board of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), under the leadership of Director General Shahzad Saleem, met here on Friday.
The council discussed additional references to corruption against 69-year-old Nawaz, his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and 13 others in money laundering and asset ownership outside of known sources of income investigations.
Likewise, the council has also agreed to submit another reference to Nawaz Sharif, founder of Geo Media Group Mir Shakilur Rahman and two others in the 54-canal land case.
NAB-Lahore has forwarded both references to Chief Judge (R) Javed Iqbal for his final approval before filing it in the accountability court.
References to Sharif’s family members in two cases will be submitted to the accountability court, Lahore, next week after the approval of the NAB chairman, an official told PTI.
In laundering money and income outside of corruption references, Sharif’s family is accused of cheating 7 billion Pakistani Rupees.
“Nawaz, Shahbaz and Maryam have been declared as the main suspects in this case,” the official said, adding that NAB would produce 100 witnesses to prosecute the suspects.
In another corruption reference, the prime minister was three times accused of abusing his authority in allocating land along the Lahore canal to Shakilur Rahman in violation of regulations in 1986. Sharif was the chief minister of Punjab at the time.
Under the Lahore Development Authority’s liberation policy, no more than 15 plots the size of each canal can be excluded from Rahman.
NAB has made 16 prosecution witnesses a part of this reference
Because Sharif did not respond to the NAB summons, a warrant for his arrest had been issued and the bureau had moved the accountability court to declare him a proclaimed offender.
Rahman has been in court custody since he was arrested on March 12. Currently, he is in the hospital for medical reasons.
The Lahore NAB on Friday also initiated another investigation into Nawaz, Shahbaz and Maryam for acquiring thousands of canals that violated regulations which made it part of their residence in Jati Umra Raiwind Lahore.
Nawaz left for London in November last year after the Lahore High Court gave him four weeks’ permission to go abroad due to his heart condition.
He has appealed to the court to return to Pakistan, citing his account of facing law and justice within four weeks or as soon as he is declared healthy and fit to travel by a doctor.
Nawaz was given a guarantee in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case where he served a seven-year sentence in the Kot Lakhpat Prison in Lahore.
Nawaz Sharif, who was diagnosed with an immune system disorder, had been advised by a panel of PTI government doctors to go abroad for treatment. He has been diagnosed with heart disease.
In London, he underwent a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation and investigation at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital.
Maryam recently said her father was a high-risk patient and therefore her heart / coronary heart intervention had been postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nawaz’s personal doctor, Dr Adnan Khan said the former prime minister had been diagnosed with “complicated coronary / ischemic heart disease with a significant disease burden.”
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