NAB okays inquiries against those named in Panama Papers

ISLAMABAD: The National Accoun­tabi­­­lity Bureau (NAB) has approved two new inquiries against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s family and expanded its scope of investigation to include Punjab Chief Minister Shabaz Sharif, defunct finance minister Ishaq Dar, their family members and political aides.

NAB also took action for the first time against important leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) — Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak and Zulfiqar Bukhari, a close aide to PTI chairman Imran Khan and a senior official of the KP government — who are accused of illegally leasing out vast tracts of land to an international firm, misusing the provincial government’s helicopter by allowing Mr Khan to use it and owning offshore firms revealed in the Panama Papers.

The PML-N leaders set to face NAB inquiries on separate corruption charges are Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, MNA Hamza Shahbaz and Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman.

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