AB collecting info about Chaudhrys’ assets

The Nation

LAHORE – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has contacted different departments and banks to gather information about the assets of the Chaudhry brothers.
A case of misuse of authority and assets beyond known sources of income has been registered against Ch Pervaiz Elahi and Ch Shujaat Hussain.
The bureau has expedited the investigations at the time when formation of the provincial government in the Punjab and the other provinces is in process following completion of the general elections.
Both the PML-Q leaders have been directed to appear before the NAB’s Lahore office on August 16 and furnish details of their assets and sources of income.
Hussain had briefly remained prime minister of Pakistan in 2004 while his cousin, Elahi, was the Punjab chief minister from 2002 to 2007. Both of them were close allies of former President Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf.
In the past, they were summoned by the NAB thrice. They appeared twice in person and once they sent their counsel to plead their case.
Now the NAB has summoned them for August 16 once again to appear and explain their position on their assets and record their statements before the investigation team.
The National Accountability Bureau in Lahore has summoned them in connection with the corruption references initiated in the early years of the Musharraf regime in 2000.
Both the leaders were summoned by the NAB regarding the alleged misuse of authority and funds worth Rs 2.43 billion after the references were approved by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. A team of four officials investigated Shujaat and Elahi.
The corruption case against the Chaudhrys of Gujrat is one of the 179 mega corruption scandals a list of which was compiled by NAB and submitted to the Supreme Court in July 2015.
“We are not afraid of any investigation or case,” Elahi had said during a press conference after appearing before the NAB in the past. He was of the view, “We have always respected the courts and other institutions. The NAB is also an institution and we will appear before it whenever summoned.”
He explained this was not the only case he had to face during his political career. Previously, he had been named in three murder cases and cleared. “When you have not done anything wrong, you should go smiling and return smiling,” he replied when asked if he was smiling because of satisfying the NAB investigators.
Sources in the NAB said the bureau has contacted DCOs, banks, TMAs and excise and taxation departments to collect evidences regarding the assets of the Chaudhrys.
They said the bureau was examining the record of the assets submitted by the Chaudarys and those provided by different departments.
Then they would tally the record and hold the Chaudarys responsible for any difference.
This time they have been summoned to give their final stance about their assets. The NAB would decide the fate of the investigations, the sources said.

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