Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

NAB summons ex-PM Nawaz and family members today

NAB summons ex-PM Nawaz and family members today

Pakistan's anti-corruption body has issued summons to disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons to appear before it on Friday in money laundering and graft cases.

On July 28, the five-member bench of the Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif for possessing a work permit in the firm of his son in the UAE.

Sources added that NAB must call Nawaz in Rawalpindi for investigation but for his convenience, NAB not only summoned him in Lahore but kept the summons hidden for nearly six days.

The NAB confirmed that Sharif and his sons have been directed to appear before NABs Lahore office on August 18. "No reason has been given to us", the official said.

Last week, NAB had summoned Nawaz and his two sons to appear before it in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.

A leader close to the Sharif family denied receiving any summons. However, Nawaz and his children are yet to appear before investigators.

Sharif, in a letter to NAB, has said he would join its investigation after a decision by the Supreme Court on his review petition against its July 28 verdict to disqualify him from premiership.

Independent commentators have said that NAB's probe into large-scale corruption allegations against the Sharif family could set the standard for accountability in Pakistan for all times to come.

He dispelled the impression that Sharif was not cooperating with the NAB.

Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed, in reaction to the earlier press conference of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senior leader is confused and it seems that he wants to say something but can not.

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".

A six-member team headed by DG NAB Shahzad Saleem is present in Lahore office to question Sharif family members in a reference related to the Avenfield properties.

The JIT was also provided with records of the Sharif family's banking transactions.

"Nawaz Sharif is considering boycotting the NAB proceedings because he thinks it is very much likely that like the Panama Papers case he may not get justice in its case as well", a PML-N senior leader told PTI.

The NAB said it will issue the second summons to the Sharifs if they do not join the investigation after the first summons.

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