LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will approach an accountability court to declare former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender in a land case involving Jang Group’s Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakilur Rehman.
According to NAB spokesperson Nawazish Ali confirmed, in 1986 as the Punjab chief minister Nawaz Sharif had illegally leased 54 acres of land to Jang Group’s Editor-in-Chief during his tenure.
On March 15, NAB had summoned the Nawaz Sharif to appear before the Lahore bureau on 20 March; however, no reply came from him, the spokesman added.
Nawazish Ali further said on March 27, NAB had sent a questionnaire to Nawaz and had summoned him to appear NAB on March 31 to record his statement. Mir Shakilur Rehman was arrested in Lahore on March 12.
According to the NAB statement, Rehman was arrested in connection with “alleged illegal exemption of 54 plots in H-block of Jauhar Town phase-II allotted to him being the holder of general power of attorney on behalf of Hidayat Ali and Hikmat Ali by the then Punjab chief minister [Nawaz Sharif in 1986] in violation of the relevant laws/rules”.
On April 18, an accountability court had extended the physical remand of media tycoon Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till 28 April in the illegal property case.
Jang/Geo Media Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman had appeared before the accountability court today after his remand had expired.
Nawaz Sharif is currently in London for treatment after having been granted bail on medical grounds.