NAB finalises four references against Sharif family, Ishaq Dar

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ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s executive board decided to file three corruption references against members of the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Senior NAB officials, including chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, attended the meeting, according to a private Tv channel quoted sources.

The references will be filed in the accountability courts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

After the Supreme Court announced the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister on July 28, NAB was ordered to file several references against Nawaz, his children Hussain, Hasan, and Maryam, son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar and Dar.

The accountability bureau was given six weeks, from the date of the court’s order, to file the references in the accountability courts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The meeting was originally planned to be held on Wednesday but was delayed for a day as the bureau’s prosecutor general was in Lahore.

Sources said the bureau had informed Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan, the monitoring judge of the case, of their intent to file the references in the courts by Friday — the deadline set by the apex court.

NAB’s Rawalpindi branch prepared references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

The bureau’s Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family’s Avenfield apartments in London and another against Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

Sources said NAB has decided not to file the Hudaibia Paper Mills case as the apex court’s order regarding it is unclear and has sought legal assistance over the matter.

On Tuesday, NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry rejected recommendations by the bureau’s regional chiefs in Rawalpindi and Lahore to freeze assets of Sharif family members and Dar, sources told.

Chaudhry also rejected the recommendation to add the names of Sharif, Hasan, Hussain and Dar on the Exit Control List (ECL).

NAB offices in Lahore and Rawalpindi last Friday had prepared and forwarded references against members of the Sharif family and Dar, requesting their assets be frozen and their names placed to be placed on ECL.

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