NAB head presides over meeting today


ISLAMABAD July 31 (TNS): Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, the NAB Chairman will preside over an important meeting today to discuss how to proceed with the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case. The deputy chairperson of the bureau, deputy prosecutor general, director general operations and director general of NAB Rawalpindi have been summoned at the meeting.

NAB was ordered by SC to file several references against Nawaz Sharif, his children Hussain, Hasan and Maryam, son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar and the then finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar.

It was given six weeks, from the date of the court’s order, to file the reference in an accountability court.  In its order, the five-member-bench also requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to nominate a judge of the Supreme Court to supervise and monitor implementation of the judgment and oversee proceedings of the accountability court.

A reference against Nawaz, Maryam, Hussain, Hasan and Capt (retd) Safdar, relating to the Avenfield properties (flats 16, 16-A, 17 and 17-A Avenfield House, Park Lane, London, United Kingdom), has been directed to be filed by NAB. The court also ordered the filing of a reference against respondents Nawaz, Hussain and Hasan regarding Azizia Steel Company and Hill Metal Establishment. A reference was ordered against Dar possessing assets and funds beyond his known sources of income, “as discussed in paragraph 9 of the judgment”.

The accountability court will then proceed with and decide the aforesaid references within six months from the date of filing.