NAB summons Khawaja Asif in assets beyond means case

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau has summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Asif on December 18 in an assets beyond means inquiry against him.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar had provided NAB “evidence” of money laundering allegedly committed by Khawaja Asif.

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Mr Dar had told the media that he had given the anti-graft watchdog records of the PML-N leader’s foreign investments, including his wife’s transactions in foreign accounts.
Evidence of Mr Asif’s secret employment with a foreign company and remuneration contract were also handed over to NAB, he added.
Mr Asif, the PTI leader said, was allegedly getting salary on iqama (work permit) which he had not declared before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
In NAB’s notice issued to the PML-N leader, the anti-graft body asked him to bring record of assets owned by him and his family.
Asif was also directed to submit all details of his bank accounts. NAB Rawalpindi has been conducting the inquiry against the PML-N leader.
Asif is likely to be grilled about the assets owned by him and his dependents.
The anti-graft watchdog said in a press release that the wife and children of Mr Asif had not been summoned.

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Earlier, NAB chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal had on March 7 ordered verification of a complaint against Mr Asif for his alleged involvement in money laundering.
Meanwhile, NAB said Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) incumbent chairperson Uzma Adil was one of the accused in a recently filed reference.
Relating to alleged irregularities in the contract for liquefied natural gas (LNG) import awarded by the last PML-N government.
A press release issued by the anti-graft watchdog said that none of the officials of Ogra had been summoned since the reference was filed in an accountability court.

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The bureau termed a statement by Ms Adil published in a national daily on Dec 12 “an attempt to interfere in investigation into the LNG case”.
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