NAB ref­er­ence: Ac­count­abil­ity court sum­mons Nawaz, chil­dren to ap­pear on Sept 19

The Miracle - - Pakistan - Source: dawn.com

An ac­count­abil­ity court on Wed­nes­day sum­moned for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his chil­dren ─ Maryam, Has­san and Hus­sain Nawaz ─ to ap­pear on Septem­ber 19 in a ref­er­ence per­tain­ing to the Sharif fam­ily’s com­pany, Flag­ship In­vest­ment Lim­ited, in the UK.Last week, in com­pli­ance with the Supreme Court ver­dict in the Panama Pa­pers case, the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau (NAB) had filed the ref­er­ence along with two other cor­rup­tion ref­er­ences against Nawaz and his chil­dren in re­la­tion to 16 com­pa­nies owned by the fam­ily abroad. A fourth cor­rup­tion ref­er­ence was also filed against Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar for pos­sess­ing as­sets be­yond his known sources of in­come Along with the cor­rup­tion ref­er­ences, NAB had also sub­mit­ted a copy of the re­port com­piled by the joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (JIT) that probed allegations of money laun­der­ing against the Sharif fam­ily.The bu­reau also sub­mit­ted the in­ves­ti­ga­tions it had con­ducted against the Sharif fam­ily mem­bers.In the light of the JIT re­port, the apex court on July 28 had dis­qual­i­fied Nawaz Sharif as prime min­is­ter and di­rected NAB to com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process and file ref­er­ences against the Sharif fam­ily in six weeks. NAB had pre­vi­ously sum­moned the Sharif fam­ily mem­bers to ap­pear be­fore it for a probe per­tain­ing to their busi­ness con­cerns. How­ever, Nawaz and his chil­dren failed to do so stat­ing they would not ap­pear be­fore NAB till a ver­dict on the re­view pe­ti­tions filed in the SC chal­leng­ing the July 28 ver­dict that dis­qual­i­fied the for­mer premier is de­cided.

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