NAB arrives Kot Lakhpat to question Nawaz over illegal use of govt vehicles

LAHORE: A team from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday will question ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif the purchase and illegal use of more than 30 bulletproof government vehicles.

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A four-member NAB team arrived at the Kot Lakhpat Jail where former premier has been held post-conviction in the Al-Azizia corruption reference.

An accountability court on May 21 granted permission to NAB to investigate former premier over the purchase of more than 30 bulletproof government vehicles.

A team of NAB officials was therefore tasked to question the ex-premier over the matter in Kot Lakhpat Jail.

According to the anti-graft body, ongoing inquiry pertained to the illegal use of 34 bulletproof cars that were purchased from Germany sans duty for guests of the 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit — in 2016.

Nawaz had subsequently added 20 of those 34 cars to his own motorcade and he, as well as his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, used the vehicles for their personal use too, said NAB.

The accountability watchdog further said the statement of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former prime minister and a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had already been recorded and that Fawad Hasan Fawad and the ex-foreign secretary had also been questioned in this matter.

The bureau asserted that officers associated with the foreign ministry went beyond their authority with regard to the bulletproof cars.

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