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PTI filed a petition with NAB against Nawaz Sharif

26 July, 2016

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday filed a petition with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family for alleged corruption.

The petition filed against the premier and his dependents and family members "for commission of offence of corruption" urged the NAB to "perform its duties" in light of revelations made in the Panama leaks and other 'facts' put forth by the PTI in its petition.

Saifullah Niazi and party spokesperson Naeemul Haq filed the reference. The party was also holding a protest outside NAB headquarters in Islamabad.

The PTI spokesperson said that the government of PML-N cannot rescue itself from Panama leaks and corruption allegations at any cast and vowed to mount pressure on the government and NAB for transparent and impartial probe of corruption cases.

The party has already announced plans to launch a nationwide anti-corruption movement from August 7 in a bid to force the PM to resign.

Earlier, PTI had decided to file a case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar with the NAB, seeking the reopening of a corruption case worth over Rs 130 billion, which was closed down 10 days ago. On July 15, the NAB officially announced it had acquitted Dar and closed the investigation, which was opened in the year 2000.

The petition was converted into one against the premier, which also named Dar and mentioned the finance minister's "admitted transgressions".

An investigation published on April 3 by an international coalition of more than 100 media outlets - based on 11.5 million records and 2.6 terabytes of information drawn from the internal database of Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca - detailed how politicians, celebrities and other famous people use banks, law firms and offshore shell companies to hide their assets.

According to documents available on the ICIJ website, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's children Maryam, Hasan and Hussain "were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several companies".

The leaked data revealed financial wheelings and dealings of over 200 Pakistanis, including the late Benazir Bhutto, Rehman Malik and other prominent politicians and businessmen.

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