Pakistan's anti-graft body summons Sharif, sons

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 20, 2017

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is set to leave for London on August 24 for medical check up, local media reported.

The NAB team, under the supervision of director general Saleem Shahzad, proceeded with its enquiry into the Avenfiled flats on Sunday morning despite the absence of the Sharif family members at the Lahore offices.

It merits to mention here that the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its landmark verdict on July 28 sent Nawaz Sharif packing.

Reliable sources said that Nawaz and sons taking benefit of NAB's mild attitude while renowned lawyer Azhar Siddique Advocate termed it a result of Nawaz, NAB nexus adding that NAB officials are committing contempt of court.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following a Supreme Court order had issued summons to Sharif and his sons - Hussain and Hasan - to interrogate them at its Lahore office over their offshore properties revealed a year ago by the Panama Papers leak. The official said that the development shows that the anti-graft watchdog, besides using the report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which probed the Panama Papers case on the directions of the Supreme Court, is also conducting its own inquiries into the issue.

However, none of them appeared before the NAB team as the family had filed a review petition on the Panama case verdict.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the Sharifs will appear before investigators today.

A family member said, "we have learnt about the NAB notice only in the news, no communication [has] been made till now".

References would be filed by NAB Rawalpindi against Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz, Capt (retd) Safdar and Ishaq Dar.

"Nawaz Sharif never evaded accountability".

One of the three applications filed by Sharif in the Supreme Court has called for staying "further implementation of the judgement till a decision on the review petition is taken".

After clarifying that no notices from NAB had been received by Nawaz or his sons, the legal team advised the Sharif family to not recognise the NAB reference.

NAB has been tasked with filing references against the Sharif family, Ishaq Dar and Captain Safdar by September 8. The third and final summons will be issued next month if there is no compliance with the second summons.

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