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NAB Summons Nawaz Sons, Dar on Aug 18 in Corruption Cases

Islamabad (August 16, 2017): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has finally issued summon for Nawaz Sharif sons in corruption charges. As per the supreme Court orders on July 28, the summon is issued for August 18.

According to the details, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has issued summons to ex-PM Nawaz Sharif and his sons, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

Sources told that NAB has started preparation of four references against Sharif family over corruption charges, leveled in Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report. Before filing reference against Sharif family NAB will record the statements of the former PM Nawaz Sharif and his family to make them part of the reference.

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A team from Rawalpindi NAB will record statements of the former prime minister and his children. It has told that they will be questioned over Al-Azizia Steel Mills.

Sources told ex-PM and his sons have been summoned at NAB’s Lahore office on August 18. Although a team of Rawalpindi NAB officials will record their statements, the Sharif family members will stay in Lahore as the team will travel to Punjab’s provincial capital. NAB has been preparing references on the orders of Supreme Court in Panama case verdict.

According to sources, questions regarding how Al-Azizia Steel Mill was made, from where the funds came from, how funds transferred after sale of the mill, and more.

The NAB team will be headed additional director. Supreme Court had directed NAB to prepare three references in which one was regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mill. Other two references concern London flats and 16 offshore companies held by the Sharif family.It should be mentioned that Nawaz Sharif had submitted review appeals in the top court against the verdict of disqualification, attaching documents of Capital FZE salary and UAE Iqama (work permit). His lawyer reasoned that a stay order should be issued on Panama case decision until review petition is ruled, questioning the jurisdiction of five-member bench after dissenting notes by two of the judges.

Supreme Court had disqualified Nawaz Sharif in Panama case verdict on the basis of his non-withdrawn salary, considering it part of his assets.

NAB has also extend its probe against finance minister Ishaq Dar and summoned the complete record of his companies from Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

NAB sources said that after receiving Ishaq Dar’s companies record, NAB will summon Ishaq Dar and his family to record their statements.

In the light of the verdict, NAB, which was appeared reluctant to proceed against the Sharif family before, decided on July 31 to file references against the former prime minister, his children, son-in-law retired Capt Mohammed Safdar and Mr Dar.

The apex court, during the Panama Papers case hearings had expressed serious reservations on NAB’s performance over not pursuing cases against the Sharif family.

The Supreme Court had appointed Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan to oversee proceedings of NAB references against the Sharif family as asked by the five-member bench in Panama verdict on 28th July.On July 28, The Supreme Court while disqualifying Nawaz Sharif had directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file references in accountability court against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his children Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, his son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar and Senator Ishaq Dar on the basis of the materials of JIT report.

The court had also directed the accountability court Rawalpindi to decide the references within six months. The court had also decided to appoint a judge to monitor the references against Sharif family.

On July 10, The final finding of JIT submitted to apex court has revealed that Joint Investigation Team has recommended the filing of reference against the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz and Hassan  Nawaz saying that the sources of income given in their documents is not matching their known assets and heirs.   

“Sharif family has failed to prove their all income and business sources as their money trail is far more than they showed in their documents, therefore over this contradiction, NAB article 9 is implacable,” report said.The JIT report, a section of which has been circulated on media, suggests that a reference should be filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam Nawaz under Section 9 of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance 1999.

In the probe completed today, the JIT has found that the assets of all four respondents are more than the sources of their income.

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