Accountability court rejects Sharif family's exemption request

Accountability court rejects Sharif family's exemption request

NAB was also allowed to record witnesses statements through video link in Avenfield reference against Sharif family and directed to approach Robert Radley and Raja Akhtar.

To which, he said the IO didn't document his statement rather took signature on a memo.

On Wednesday, the NAB formally requested the Ministry of Interior to place the names of several members of Sharif family on the Exit Control List (ECL).

NAB wrote a letter to the Interior Ministry in which it recommended that the names of Maryam Nawaz, Nawaz Sharif and Captain (r) Safdar to be placed on the ECL as it voiced fears that the suspects could travel outside the country.

The request was made by the anti-graft watchdog through the letters written to the interior ministry.

Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal who is visiting Norway, said that a decision would be taken after his return and it would be in accordance with the law. The lawmaker branded NAB's request to the ministry an effort to influence accountability court's verdict.

The references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment Ltd and Avenfield properties in London.

Earlier, it was reported, based on sources, that NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has approved the filing of references. The Flagship Investment reference contained additional information about the ruling family's offshore companies.

Judge Muhammad Bashir issued a notice to the NAB director general to come up with an explanation as to why the bureau has failed to file the references as yet.

The references were filed in compliance with the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict a year ago.

Nawaz's daughter Maryam and Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only, along with Nawaz and sons. The NAB move is part of the pressure tactics used against the Sharif family by different circles so that the former premier gives up his present aggressive campaign.



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