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Khawaja Asif allegedly transferred Rs120mn to Kashmala Tariq

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has launched an investigation into alleged transactions worth millions of rupees by PML-N stalwart Khawaja Muhammad Asif to lawmaker Kashmala Tariq.

Sources revealed that NAB has obtained evidence while probing the former defence minister in a case of assets beyond means of income that involved dubious transactions.

Khawaja Asif, who is under NAB custody on a 14-day physical remand, transferred Rs120 million into the bank account of Kashmala Tariq. The amount was transferred to Tariq’s bank account two times through Asif’s frontman.

The frontman transferred Rs70 million into her bank account in January 2015. Kashmala Tariq withdrew Rs50 million in May 2015 through five transactions.

A further Rs 50 million were transferred into bank account of a former parliamentarian through an online payment system. She withdrew Rs30 million in March and Rs40 million in August 2016.

Kashmala Tariq reportedly also operated a joint account with a woman named Farida Yasin. She transferred a huge amount of money into an account of Punjab Enterprises, a firm registered in the name of Khawaja Asif’s frontman identified as Javed Waraich.

Kashmala Tariq is serving as Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplaces since 2018. Khawaja Muhammad Asif was arrested on December 29 by NAB officials for allegedly having inordinate wealth compared to the sources of income.

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