NAB gives Sharif’s sons 30 days to ap­pear be­fore court

Sharif’s sons will be de­clared pro­claimed of­fend­ers and their prop­er­ties at­tached if they failed to meet the dead­line

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONTPAGE -

THE Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau (NAB) gave ousted Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s sons 30 days to ap­pear be­fore a court here, or they will be de­clared pro­claimed of­fend­ers and their prop­er­ties at­tached, the me­dia re­ported on Thurs­day.

The process of is­su­ing red war­rants for Has­san and Hus­sain, who are in the UK along with their ail­ing mother Kul­soom, will be­gin af­ter the com­ple­tion of one month if they did not ap­pear be­fore the ac­count­abil­ity court in three cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing cases, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau (NAB).

The court is try­ing Hus­sain and Has­san along with their fa­ther Nawaz Sharif, sis­ter Maryam and brother-in-law cap­tain (re­tired) Muham­mad Saf­dar in cor­rup­tion cases filed against them by the NAB on the Supreme Court’s in­struc­tion in the Panama Pa­pers case. They have been given a 30-day dead­line (till Novem­ber 10) to ap­pear be­fore the court and the copies of the no­tice have been pasted at the Model Town and Jati Umra Rai­wind res­i­dences of the Sharif fam­ily, it said.

Sharif’s sons will be de­clared pro­claimed of­fend­ers and their prop­er­ties at­tached if they failed to meet the dead­line, the NAB said. On the other hand, Hus­sain and Has­san have de­cided not to join the pro­ceed­ings of the cor­rup­tion cases against them.

The rul­ing Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has said that Has­san and Hus­sain have cho­sen to in­voke their Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship in or­der to skip the court pro­ceed­ings in Pak­istan.

“They are for­eign ci­ti­zens and Pak­istani laws do not ap­ply to them, there­fore they are un­likely to join the court pro­ceed­ings here,” says PML-N Se­na­tor Per­vaiz Rashid.

Sharif’s sons had been do­ing busi­ness abroad for over two decades, their fi­nan­cial mat­ters were open for scru­tiny in Bri­tain and Saudi Ara­bia, he said.

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