Vastavam web: For the third consecutive time, ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons today failed to appear before the country’s top anti-graft body which is to interrogate them over the money laundering and corruption charges revealed by the Panama Papers.The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had issued summons to Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan, daughter Maryam, son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar and finance minister Ishaq Dar to interrogate them in its Lahore office in connection with their offshore properties revealed by the Panama Papers case.The watchdog, irked over the Sharif family’s non- cooperation, was considering writing to the interior ministry to place their names on the Exist Control List (ECL), stopping them from leaving the country.
The official further said the NAB would write to interior ministry to put Sharif and his family on ECL if they continued to evade the investigation.Sharif, his children and his son-in-law were summoned in a case that primarily revolves around Maryam being a beneficiary of offshore firms.Dar was summoned for exorbitant increase in his assets from 2008 to 2009 which was pointed out in the report of Joint Investigation Team constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the Panama Papers case.Earlier Sharif and his sons were summoned on Friday in a separate case involving graft and money laundering charges but they did not appear before the NAB. On last Sunday Sharif, his sons, daughter and son-in-law failed to appear before it.
On July 28, a five-member Supreme Court bench disqualified Sharif from continuing in his office for possessing a work permit at the firm of his son in the UAE.Sharif has also sought a stay from the Supreme Court on the further implementation of the judgement till a decision on the review petition is taken.The apex court is likely to take up Sharif’s review petition early next month after the vacation of judges.According to the JIT, Dar invested 5.5 million pounds (USD 7.04 million) in Baraq Holdings in the UAE but source of these funds were not disclosed. Similarly the JIT said that Maryam was found to be the beneficial owner of Avenfield Properties as well as offshore companies of Nescoll and Nielsen.