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Pak anti-graft body produces in LHC Sharif`s property papers

Last Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 15:43

Lahore: Pakistan`s anti-corruption agency has produced in the Lahore High Court the "property and share" documents of former premier Nawaz Sharif`s family which it had
confiscated about a decade ago to recover fines imposed on the PML-N chief.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had seized the property and shares to recover fines imposed on Sharif in connection with two cases related to the alleged hijacking of
an airliner and wrong-doing in the purchase of a Russian helicopter.
It produced the "property and share" documents in the Lahore High Court yesterday during a hearing on the seized assets of the Sharif family.

However, the NAB told the court that the issuance of a cheque for Rs 115 million in cash -- which were seized by the body -- was not feasible in the absence of NAB`s chairman or
acting chairman.

NAB`s Additional Director for Punjab Muhammad Ahtram Dar informed the court that the Rs 115 million owned by the Sharif family were deposited with the National Bank of Pakistan in Islamabad. He said the amount was deposited through a treasury challan on April 23, 2001.

Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, who was heading a division bench hearing the case, ordered NAB to produce at the next hearing a certificate from the National Bank of Pakistan to prove that the amount was still in the said account.

The bench later adjourned seven identical appeals of the Sharif family against NAB till September 27.

It handed over property documents to the High Court`s deputy registrar (judicial), who in the presence of representatives from appellants and NAB will de-seal them and
report to the court after verifying the same.

It also issued notice to the Sharif family on an application by the NAB that requested the court to implead the federal government in the case as the property and shares of
the Sharifs were seized on the direction of the government.

The Sharif family has told the court that NAB is not releasing their properties seized in 2001 in order to recover fines imposed by an anti-corruption court and an
anti-terrorism court on Nawaz Sharif.

Among the appellants are Sabina Abbas, Hudabiya Paper Mills, Hudabiya Engineering Services, Chaudhry Sugar Mills, Ramzan Sugar Mills and Hamza Spinning Mills.

An anti-corruption court had on July 22, 2000 sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 14 years` rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 20 million in the helicopter case.

In the hijacking case, an anti-terrorism court of Karachi had convicted him on April 6, 2000, and awarded him life imprisonment and fined him Rs 500,000. It also ordered the
attachment of his movable and immovable properties.

The convictions were set aside by the Supreme Court in October 2000.


First Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 15:43
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