Court orders seizure of Sharif’s assets in Toshakhana reference


Zubair Qureshi


An Accountability Court (AC) of Islamabad on Thursday ordered authorities to seize former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s assets in the Toshakhana reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
AC Judge Asghar Ali gave these directions while hearing the reference on Thursday.
Pakistan’s anti-graft watchdog the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted a detailed record of Nawaz’s “moveable and immoveable properties” as had been earlier directed by the court.
The Accountability judge Asghar Ali ordered the NAB counsel what progress has been made regarding arrest of Nawaz Sharif in the corruption reference.
Upon the counsel’s reply that the accused had not complied with the court orders, the judge ordered to freeze the national and international bank accounts opened under the PML-N leader’s name.
Additionally, the court ordered that 1,650 canals of agricultural land in Lahore and 102 canals in Sheikhupura, owned by Nawaz, should also be seized, as well as his house in Murree.
Two tractors and the cars Nawaz allegedly obtained from the Toshakhana after paying 15 per cent of the price are also included among assets the court has ordered be seized.

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