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Pak anti-graft body issues summons to Sharif family

Nawaz Sharif stepped down after a Supreme Court bench disqualified him on July 28 from continuing in his office for dishonesty in the Panama Papers scandal.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2017 23:47 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Nawaz Sharif,Pakistan,Pakistan anti-corruption body
File photo of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan’s top anti-graft body froze the bank accounts and seized the properties of Sharif and his family members.(AFP Photo)

Pakistan’s anti-graft watchdog on Friday issued notices to ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, his family and finance minister Ishaq Dar, asking them to appear before it on September 26.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court judge Muhammad Bashir ordered the bureau to put notices outside the Sharif family’s residences in Lahore’s Model Town and Jati Umra and Dar’s home in Gulberg, informing them that they could not sell their properties until the court gives a verdict in corruption cases filed against them.

The notices sent to the Sharif family mention the names of Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar.

NAB also froze the bank accounts and seized the properties of Sharif and his family, PTI reported.

The Sharif family has twice failed to appear in an anti-corruption court that is hearing three corruption cases filed against them by NAB on the orders of the Supreme Court, which disqualified Sharif in its July 28 verdict.

Sharif’s aide Asif Kirmani informed the NAB court that the former premier is currently in London with his ailing wife Kulsoom. The court directed Kirmani to inform the accused about the summons.

Kirmani told the judge that he would inform only Sharif, Maryam and Safdar about the summons, because his sons Hassan and Hussain did not live at Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore.

Earlier this week, NAB had frozen Dar’s assets just hours after a court issued arrest warrants over the minister’s failure to appear before the bench. The bureau moved to freeze all his moveable and immoveable properties in connection with the probe into the accumulation of assets beyond his known sources of income.

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 19:36 IST