NAB sleuths seek freezing of assets of Sharif family, Dar

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team probing the Sharif family’s offshore properties has recommended in its references that the assets of former PM Nawaz Sharif, his children, son-in-law and Finance  Minister Ishaq Dar be frozen.

The references that pertain to the Sharif family’s Avenfield Properties and the setting up of the Azizia Steel Company have been sent to the graft watchdog’s headquarters for further proceedings.

A meeting of the NAB Lahore regional board presided over by its director general Major (retd) Shahzad Saleem was held where the references were finalised before sending them to the headquarters.

In its July 28 landmark judgement in the Panamagate case, a five-judge bench unanimously deposed Premier Sharif and directed NAB to file references against Sharif, his sons Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, daughter Maryum Nawaz, son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar and Ishaq Dar.

A few days ago, the NAB team had also recommended placing the names of the Sharif family members on the exit control list.

Sharif, his sons Hussain and Hassan, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar and  Dar have decided after consulting their legal aides to approach the top court for protective bails.

Sharif, his children and Dar have already filed review petitions against the July 28 verdict of the apex court in the Panamagate case.

In an earlier statement, NAB had announced that one of the references would be filed against Sharif, Maryam, Hussain, Hassan, and Capt (retd) Safdar relating to the Avenfield Properties  comprising flat No 16 and 16-A, 17 and 17-A Avenfield House at Park Lane area of  London.

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