NAB reference against Shehbaz Sharif ‘ready to be filed’: Shahzad Akbar

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Saturday said a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference was ready to be filed against PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif.

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“Those who are working hand in glove with Sharif in corruption stand exposed […] Eid is near and the reference against Sharif is ready,” he said while addressing a press conference alongside Information Minister Shibli Faraz.

Akbar claimed that there is a trail of the “kickbacks and commission received by the PML-N leader”, adding that Sharif will have to respond to the corruption charges. He demanded a trial of the former Punjab chief minister on a day-to-day basis.

Akbar claimed that Hamza Shabaz used to submit “cheques without mentioning names on them”.

A NAB reference is ready and Sharif will have to answer all these questions, Akbar said.

“According to EOBI data, Masroor Anwar is an employee of the Sharif group who submitted a cheque worth Rs900 million,” Akbar said, adding: “Anwar is in custody and he has given his statement.”

Taking over the press conference, the information minister said the government was taking important steps to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

“The prime minister’s strategy has been clear from the first day,” Faraz said.

“As soon as the pandemic hit the country, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) and National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) were established to deal with it. People from all four provinces were made a part of the NCOC since PM Imran wanted to take everyone’s input,” he said.

He added that the country was facing several challenges and the government was working according to a roadmap to deal with the pandemic.

Akbar claimed that Hamza Shabaz used to submit “cheques without mentioning names on them”.

A NAB reference is ready and Sharif will have to answer all these questions, Akbar said.

“According to EOBI data, Masroor Anwar is an employee of the Sharif group who submitted a cheque worth Rs900 million,” Akbar said, adding: “Anwar is in custody and he has given his statement.”

Taking over the press conference, the information minister said the government was taking important steps to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

“The prime minister’s strategy has been clear from the first day,” Faraz said.

“As soon as the pandemic hit the country, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) and National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) were established to deal with it. People from all four provinces were made a part of the NCOC since PM Imran wanted to take everyone’s input,” he said.

He added that the country was facing several challenges and the government was working according to a roadmap to deal with the pandemic.

Bukhari warned that old records of PM Imran could also be dug out.

Furthermore, Tarar said that Shehbaz owns a cattle farm that is registered and he pays taxes worth millions of rupees. “These accusations are the government’s tactics to shift attention from its performance.”

“Akbar accuses [the Sharif family] of corruption worth billions of rupees”, but he does not take this up with courts.

“Shehbaz has saved the nation billions of rupees,” he said, adding: “They [government] should worry about their sugar and wheat thieves.”

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