NAB chief chairs meeting today following SC’s Panama verdict

The NAB was given six weeks, from the date of the court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court

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NAB chief chairs meeting today following SC’s Panama verdict

NAB chief chairs meeting today following SC’s Panama verdict: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry will chair an important meeting today to discuss how to proceed with the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case.

A source close to the NAB chief said the apex court’s decision will be fully implemented by the anti-graft body.

The deputy chairperson of the bureau, deputy prosecutor general, director general operations and director general of NAB Rawalpindi have been summoned at the meeting, according to sources.

After the Supreme Court announced the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister on July 28, NAB was ordered to file several references against Nawaz Sharif, his children Hussain, Hasan and Maryam, son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar and then finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar.

The NAB was given six weeks, from the date of the court’s order, to file the reference in an accountability court.

In its order, the five-member-bench requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to nominate a judge of the Supreme Court to supervise and monitor implementation of the judgement and oversee proceedings of NAB and the accountability court.

As per the apex court’s judgement, among other references, NAB has been directed to prepare a report on the businesses of the Sharif family, including Azizia Steel Mills’, Hill Metals Establishment and ownership of Azizia Steel Mills.

The bureau has also been directed to include in its investigation all other persons, including the nephew of Dar’s wife Musa Ghani, son of a retired officer from London Stock Exchange Kashif Masood Qazi, Nawaz’s friend Javed Kiyani and National Bank of Pakistan President Saeed Ahmed. These persons have been asked to be involved, if need be, for any direct or indirect connection they may have with the actions of Nawaz, Hussain, Hassan, Maryam and Ishaq Dar that led to the acquisition of assets and funds beyond their known sources of income.

Moreover, NAB has been tasked to file supplementary references if and when any other asset, which is not prima facie reasonably accounted for, is discovered.

The accountability court will then proceed with and decide the aforesaid references within six months from the date of filing.

The Supreme Court has stated that if the accountability court finds any deed, document or affidavit filed by or on behalf of the respondents or any other person to be fake, false, forged or fabricated, it shall take appropriate action against the person concerned as per the law.

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