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NAB Freezes Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif And Family's Bank Accounts, Seizes Properties

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| September 23 , 2017 , 10:33 IST

In another blow for former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted from the office facing corruption and money laundering charges in Panama Papers case, the country's anti-graft body has frozen his, along with his family members' bank accounts and seized their properties.

On July 28 this year, the 67-year-old former Prime Minister was disqualified from his office by the Pakistani Supreme Court, which also barred him from ever holding any public office again.

An NAB officer said, "We have written to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and commercial banks requesting them that since Sharif and his children and son-in-law Safdar are facing the NAB cases, their bank accounts may be cautioned (frozen)."

NAB has also contacted the excise and tax department, federal board of revenue, security exchange commission of Pakistan, federal board of revenue, deputy commissioner Lahore and commissioner of Islamabad regarding the freeze on bank accounts and property seizing.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's properties have also been frozen by the NAB for having assets beyond known source of income.

On the other hand, the Islamabad Accountability Court, hearing the Sharifs' corruption case, has summoned daughter Maryam and son-in-law retired captain Safdar to appear before it on September 26.

On the contrary, Sharif along with his family, is currently in London, with his wife, who is going through treatment of throat cancer.

According to speculations by the Pakistani media, it is possible that the family may not return to Pakistan given the corruption charges. However, the ruling PML-N party has said that their leader would return after the treatment of his wife.

So far, the NAB has filed three corruption and money laundering cases against Sharif, his family and Safdar, while it has also filed one case against Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court.

The case on Dar is also in connection with the properties held by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family offshore.

-With Agency Inputs