NAB prepares questionnaire for Sharif family
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (SABAH): In light of the former prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz’s expected appearance before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday, all regular proceedings were suspended, but neither of the three Sharifs appeared before the accountability bureau.
According to a private TV channel sources, the Sharif family members were summoned to file their replies on Friday pertaining to the NAB reference against them.
However, PML-N leader Asif Kirmani, told that Nawaz Sharif, Hassan and Hussain had not received any notice to appear before the accountability bureau.
When such notices are received, the decision to appear before the bureau directly or through legal counsel will be made after consulting with lawyers, Kirmani added.
Moreover, NAB also wrote a letter to the excise and taxation department asking for details on assets and cars registered in the name of Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar. Excise and taxation department has been asked to submit details by August 21.
Alongside this, the Volume X of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which probed former PM’s assets, has also been handed over to NAB.
Security had been tightened in and around the NAB office, with about 200 police personnel deployed in the surrounding area in anticipation of the former PM’s visit, but Nawaz Sharif and his sons did not appear before NAB on Friday. Subsequently, the NAB team made arrangements to return to Rawalpindi.
A joint team of NAB officials from Lahore and Rawalpindi have also formulated a questionnaire for the investigation. The questionnaire has been sent to Chairman NAB, Deputy Chairman NAB and Prosecutor General NAB. The high officials of the NAB have accepted the questionnaire with certain amendments. After that the joint investigation team of NAB Lahore Division and NAB Rawalpindi Division teams has started investigations.
According to a copy of the questionnaire acquired by a private TV channel, it is expected that Nawaz Sharif and his sons will be questioned about financial matters pertaining to Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment.
The inquiry may include questions about the purchase of land and machinery for Al-Azizia, and the formation of its internal structure. NAB is also expected to ask for proof of purchase of machinery for the mill from Dubai.
The probe team could possibly ask about where the capital for the creation of Hill Metal came from, who was part of the board of directors, and where the shareholder details of the company are.
Additionally, the three may be quizzed about the nature of monetary gifts made to Nawaz Sharif by his son Hussain Nawaz.
It is possible that Rehman Malik and Shahbaz Sharif may also be summoned by NAB to record their statements.
As Nawaz Sharif and his sons failed to appear before NAB on Friday, a second summons may be issued within the next week or so. A third summons may also be issued if they do not appear before the NAB after the second notice, a private TV channel reported.
Meanwhile National Accountability Bureau has prepared questionnaires for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons; Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, as the Bureau is working on the reference to be filed in the accountability court as per Supreme Court’s orders in Panama case.
NAB had issued summon notice to Nawaz Sharif and his sons on Wednesday to appear before a team of the Bureau in Lahore on Friday.
Sources said that NAB team tasked to investigate the Sharifs had prepared a questionnaire comprising questions to be asked from them.
The sources said that NAB would carry out investigation regarding London Flats and 16 offshore companies held by the Sharifs.
The investigation will also cover Hill Metal and Al-Azizia Steel Mills, besides Even Filed Flats. Dar would also be questioned by the Bureau team.
Sources said that in Even Fields Flats inquiry, probe will be carried out against Nawaz Sharif, Maryyam Safdar, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.