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NAB to give references against Sharif family

28 August, 2017

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NAB's executive board is scheduled to meet here today (Monday) to give a final nod to the matter of filing references against the Sharif family.

NAB is set to file four references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children Hassan, Hussain and Maryam, son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar, as well as Ishaq Dar.

The references will be related to the Sharif family's flats in London and their two steel mills in Saudi Arabia. The former finance minister, meanwhile, will face an inquiry into his assets beyond known source of income. Three references each against Nawaz, Hussain, Hassan; two against Maryam; one each against Capt (r) Safdar and Ishaq Dar, will be filed.

According to NAB, a reference related to the Avenfield House properties (flats 16, 16-A, 17 and 17-A Avenfield House, Park Lane, London) will be filed against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, as well as Captain (r) Safdar.

A second reference, related to the establishment of Azizia Steel Company and Hill Metal Establishment, will be filed against Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz.

The third reference will be filed against Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz Sharif. Another reference will be filed relating to the companies mentioned in paragraph 9 of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case.

These include Flagship Investments Limited, Hart­stone Properties Limited, Que Holdings Limited, Quint Eaton Place 2 Limited, Quint Saloane Limited (formerly Quint Eaton Place Limited), Quaint Limited, Flagship Securities Limited, Quint Gloucester Place Limited, Quint Paddington Limited (formerly Rivates Estates Limited), Flagship Developments Limited, Alanna Services Limited (BVI), Lankin SA (BVI), Chadron Inc, Ansbacher Inc, Coomber Inc; and Capital FZE (Dubai).

The fourth reference will be filed against Ishaq Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income. NAB will not initiate fresh investigations in all four references and will rely on the JIT's report and the reports of other investigations already conducted by it or the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The references will be prepared on the basis of the material collected and referred to by the JIT in its report and some other material that may be available with FIA and NAB having nexus with the assets, which might subsequently become available including material that may become available in pursuant to the mutual legal assistance requests sent by JIT to different countries. According to the JIT report, NAB is presently investigating 28 different cases against the Sharif family.

On July 28, 2017, the SC had disqualified Nawaz Sharif and ordered NAB to file corruption references against him, his children, son-in-law and Ishaq Dar in accountability courts.

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