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NAB okays graft references against Shehbaz, Abbasi, others

ISLAMABAD, JUL 28: Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal chairs a meeting.=DNA PHOTO

NAB okays graft references against Shehbaz, Abbasi, others

ISLAMABAD, (TLTP): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) here on Tuesday approved filing of corruption reference against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif, former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others in different cases.The decision was taken during the NAB’s executive board meeting held here on Tuesday with its chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal in the chair.The watchdog body approved to file reference against Shehbaz Sharif and his sons, Hamza Shahbaz and Salman Shahbaz, pertaining to the accumulation of assets disproportionate to their known sources of income to the tune of Rs7,328 million.

According to the anti-graft watchdog, Shehbaz Sharif and his co-accused family members, benamidars and front men accumulated assets beyond known means of income.The NAB also approved filing graft references against officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for corruption in the sale of the Embassy of Pakistan building in Jakarta, Indonesia.The NAB claims that during the period of 2001-02, Syed Mustafa Anwar, who was at the time the Ambassador of Pakistan in Jakarta, sold the Pakistani embassy building at “a throwaway price”, which caused a loss of 1.32 million US dollars to the national kitty.

Furthermore, the accountability bureau also approved filing of supplementary references against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and erstwhile finance minister Miftah Ismail in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) case.

The anti-graft watchdog alleges that the accused awarded the LNG Terminal-1 contract through a non-transparent process. TLTP

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