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NAB orders probe against corruption in 56 govt companies

19 Novembre 2017

The developments will add to the woes of ruling PML-N party and the Sharif family ahead of crucial parliamentary elections scheduled to be held next year.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the country's anti-corruption watchdog, has begun the process to place Sharif, his sons Hassan and Hussain, daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar on the interior ministry's Exit Control List (ECL), effectively barring them from leaving Pakistan.

The brothers, who live in the United Kingdom, are accused in three references ordered by the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

An accountability or anti-corruption court last month declared Hassan and Hussain, who live outside Pakistan, "proclaimed offenders" or fugitives for skipping several hearings of three corruption cases filed against the Sharif family. The court has already sought a reply by the provincial government in the case while issuing notices to the heads of the companies and parties in the case.

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Earlier in October, Hassan told journalists that the summons, warrants or proceedings by NAB did not apply to him or his brother Hussain as they were also British nationals.

The minister is now under medical treatment for cardiac issues in London.

On Thursday, NAB had requested the ministry of interior to put Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's name on the ECL after an accountability court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for him. Dar, like Sharif's sons, has continuously been absent from court proceedings in a case against him for owning assets beyond known sources of income.

Dar has been accused of owning property worth millions of dollars in Pakistan, the UAE and the USA which he had not declared to tax authorities.

NAB orders probe against corruption in 56 govt companies