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NAB seeks arrest warrants for Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s close aides

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has sought arrest warrants for two close aides of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

NAB Khyber Pakhtunkwa has written a letter to chairman NAB Justice retired Javed Iqbal to issue arrest warrants of Gul Asghar and Noor Asghar in the assets beyond means case against the JUI-F chief.

According to Gul Aghar, son of Nimar Khan, has been working as the frontman of the JUI-F chief and owns 7,000 kanals of agricultural land in Dera Ismail Khan. He has been summoned twice by the bureau on November 3 and November 9 but failed to appear.

Noor Asghar, son of Asghar Khan, is also allegedly the frontman of Maulana Fazlur Rehman. He owns 2,000 kanals of agricultural land. He has been summoned twice by the bureau and did not did appear before it.

NAB has also summoned six aides of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in the asset beyond means case against him. The aides, who hail from Dera Ismail Khan and Lakki Marwat, has been asked to appear before the bureau’s KP office on December 16.

A notice was sent to a person named Din Mohammad, son of Ghulam Haider, through DPO Lakki Marwat, while Ibrar Ahmed Khan, son of Muhammad Ismail was conveyed the notice through CCPO Islamabad.

DPO Dera Ismail Khan handed over the NAB notices to Muhammad Jalal, son of Azam Khan; Abrar Ali Shah, son of Asghar Shah, and Abdul Rauf, son of Abdul Sattar. They have been asked to appear before the accountability watchdog in a corruption inquiry against Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Rehman has been accused of owning more assets than his known means of income. He has warned the anti-graft watchdog from taking action against him.  NAB had earlier summoned Rehman in the case and issued a notice on September 22 on allegations of corruption and accumulation of assets beyond means.