Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday filed a reference with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his dependants/family members for alleged corruption and corrupt practices.
The party’s additional secretary general, Saifullah Niazi, and spokesperson Naeemul Haq filed the reference with the bureau urging it to perform its duties in light of revelations made in the Panama Papers and the facts put forth by the PTI in a 7-page reference.
“The confessional inculpatory statement of Ishaq Dar made under section 164CrPC is part of NAB’s record and may be scrutinised afresh in light of the fresh revelations out of Panama Leaks which fully support Dar’s statement,” the PTI also said in its reference.
The NAB officially announced on July 15 that it had acquitted Dar and closed the investigation, which was opened in the year 2000.
“Three children of current Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; namely Maryam, Hassan and Hussain are owners or possessed the right to authorise transactions for multiple companies,” the reference said.
“Maryam Nawaz is described as the owner of British Virgin Islands based firms Nielsen Enterprises Limited and Nescoll Limited, incorporated in 1994 and 1993 respectively ie at a time when she was merely twenty years of age,” it said.
Besides mentioning evidences revealed in the Panama Papers, the PTI also included income tax history of the Prime Minister starting from 1980 to 2010.
“Between 1993-96, Nawaz Sharif bought the four flats of Avenfield, Mayfair, through the offshore companies in the names of his children. In 2004, a fifth flat was also bought,” the petition claimed.
It also included questions as to where the money came from to buy the properties and how it was sent abroad. “The total declared income from 1981-94 averaged only Rs 271,428 on which only Rs 79,337 per year was paid as tax,” the reference said.
“Kindly perform your duties before Allah and fellow Pakistanis, so that you’re neither condemned by history nor by the judgement of the present,” the reference said.
Earlier, the party also held a protest outside the NAB headquarters and criticised performance of the bureau with respect to purging the country of corruption and moving against influential for their corruption and corrupt practices.
The participants were also holding placards and banners urging the NAB to move against the Sharif brothers and recover the “looted” money from them. They also chanted vociferous slogans against the Prime Minister and his ruling party. -Business Recorder