UK shares details of NCA-Bahria Town deal with Pakistan

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The government of the United Kingdom has shared the details of a secret deal between M/s Bahria Town Pvt Ltd and the UK’s National Crime Agency with Pakistan.

The development comes as a major blow to the PTI and Imran Khan, who are trying to keep the deal secret and have gone to court against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The PTI government on behalf of Pakistan signed the deal ‘Deed of

Confidentiality’ between the NCA and M/s Bahria Town Pvt Ltd, reveal the official documents.

The documents also disclosed that the PTI government authorized Mirza Shahzad Akbar, the then head of the Assets Recovery Unit, to sign the said agreement on behalf of the state of Pakistan.

A confidential government communication sent by the Foreign Ministry confims that the United Kingdom International Corruption Unit sent an official copy of the agreement to Pakistan earlier this month.

The MOFA received on its two official email accounts the emails and enclosed documents purportedly from the International Corruption Unit of NCA of UK, according to a letter written by Ubaid ur Rehman Nizamani, Director General Europe-I to the office of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

“The email states: ‘Please find attached a copy of the Deed of Confidentiality signed by the government of Pakistan in relation to the NCA Settlement with the Riaz family in 2019,’” read the letter by Nizamani.

The contents of the emails sent by the UK show where the information originated. “This information is supplied in confidence by the NCA.

 

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