Court extends Kh Asif’s remand by 10 days


Staff Reporter


An accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday extended the remand of PML-N leader Khawaja Asif by 10 days at the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request.
The PML-N leader was presented before the court at the expiry of his 14-day remand on Wednesday.
During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor told the court that the PML-N leader had transferred money into a company account which was owned by his servant.
At this, Asif’s counsel responded saying that all the money being mentioned by NAB has been officially declared. To this, the judge hearing the case asked NAB if a money laundering charge was being brought forth, and was responded to in the affirmative.
“Yes, [money laundering did happen]. He [Khawaja Asif] is not providing the details of Rs130 million sent by a foreign company,” the NAB prosecutor told the court.
He argued that Asif should share the source of those funds. The anti-corruption watchdog also told the court that they had made a “major breakthrough” in Khawaja Asif’s case during the interrogation.
“Khawaja Asif had been taking a regular income from [employment in] Dubai but did not provide a bank statement,” said the NAB prosecutor-general.
He added that the PML-N leader had accepted that he was withdrawing a salary but could not provide any supporting evidence for the claim.

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