Sharif family accused of laundering millions through Sharif Trust: NAB chairman

 
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ISLAMABAD july 12 (T N S): Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), had disclosed another mega scandal of Sharif family before Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which probed the offshore assets of Prime Minister and his family.

According to statement issued by Chaudhr in which NAB chairman claimed that he has told JIT about a case against ‘Sharif Trust’ was under investigation when he took charge of the watchdog.

He stated that Sharif family was accused of laundering millions of dollars through the Sharif Trust owned by the ruling family.

Chaudhry said in his statement before the JI: “The allegations further proved that the Sharif family’s accounts were not audited”.

“The Sharif family was accused of purchasing ‘un-named properties’,” he added.

Chaudhry had also told JIT that Bureau’s Lahore office was requested to collect details of the properties in order to forward a mutual legal assistance request to the UK government.

“As there was not sufficient information, the watchdog could not send a formal request to British authorities,” he added.

He said that the case, initiated in 2000, was heard by the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court.

He further said efforts to obtain records were not obvious from the related documents.

“I assigned the case’s responsibility to another officer and the process to collect the record was underway now,” Chaudhry told the investigation team.

He added that during probe, it revealed that records from the required time period were not available.

Another case against Nawaz Sharif in construction of Raiwind road was started by NAB Lahore and forwarded to the Bureau headquarters, Chaudhry added in his statement.