NAB to probe Shehbaz for holding assets beyond means

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday initiated a probe against Shehbaz Sharif for holding assets beyond means of income, sources informed.

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An investigation team of the anti-graft body has questioned the former Punjab chief minister about his assets.

According to sources, Shehbaz’s children may be summoned by the bureau in light of the politician’s statement.

Salman Shahbaz is due to appear before the NAB on October 10 (tomorrow). Several transactions in different accounts of Salman are being probed. He has been summoned to record an initial statement in the same regard, sources said.

Shehbaz was arrested on October 5 in the Ashiana Iqbal housing scheme case, when he appeared before NAB to record his statement in the Punjab Saaf Pani Company case.

NAB had summoned Shehbaz to appear before it at 11am on October 5 and arrested him when he appeared at its office later during the day.

“The National Accountability Bureau Lahore has arrested former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana housing scheme case. NAB will produce Shehbaz Sharif in an accountability court tomorrow [Saturday],” a press statement issued by the anti-graft body said.

According to sources, Shehbaz was arrested after Fawad Hasan Fawad, the then implementation secretary, told NAB that he carried out corrupt activities in projects in Punjab on orders from Shehbaz, who was the chief minister then. NAB had also received information from Fawad Hasan’s laptop, from which data was retrieved after his arrest.

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