Published in Pakistan Today
1 month ago by PakistanToday
LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday issued orders to freeze assets owned by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and his sons Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz in different cities including Lahore, Chiniot, Haripur and Abbottabad, citing corruption offences.
The orders will remain in place for 15 days, during which NAB will file an application in the relevant accountability court for their confirmation.
The anti-corruption watchdog issued six orders, each listing separate properties acquired by Shehbaz, Hamza and Salman — all three of whom are nominated in corruption cases being probed by NAB.
According to the bureau, the evidence collected against the three PML-N leaders so far had provided NAB with “reasonable grounds for believing” that Shehbaz, Salman and Hamza were involved in “offenses of corruption and corrupt practices”.
The cases against Shehbaz and his sons are those of money laundering and assets beyond known income. According to NAB, it has found that Shehbaz acquired several properties — now frozen — in the name of his wives, Nusrat Shehbaz and Tehmina Durrani, in Lahore, Abbottabad and Haripur.
Hamza and Salman also acquired several properties in Lahore and Chiniot, which have now been frozen by NAB.
Nearly all the properties highlighted in the orders issued by NAB are located in residential areas.