ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Thursday alleged that the assets of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif increased by 70 percent and that of his son Salman Shehbaz Sharif by 8,000 times.
“Shehbaz Sharif has failed to respond to any allegations of corruption against him and his family members,” Shahzad Akbar said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad. He was flanked by Minister for Communications Murad Saeed.
He said the assets of Shehbaz Sharif and his family members increased manifold during the ten year tenure of the PML-N government in Punjab. “This has been revealed in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigations started in 2018.”
The PM’s special assistant said the investigations further disclosed the stories of more than 200 fake and fictitious telegraphic transfers (TTs). “This amount was used by Shehbaz Sharif to build an empire of 32 to 35 companies,” he said adding that the names of innocent people were also used in the TTs.
Shahzad Akbar said revelations were emerging regarding their corruption on daily basis.
The special assistant on accountability said Pakistan had secured repatriation of 190 million pounds from Britain after a settlement with a Pakistani business tycoon. “It is the first time that the repatriation of such an amount took place which is civil in nature and no element of guilt is involved in it,” he said thanking the British government for extending cooperation on the matter.
On Dec 4, Shehbaz Sharif had said his properties had been frozen through the nexus of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the NAB.
“I have always said that Imran Niazi and the NAB have nexus and their nexus has failed once again. The accountability watchdog is a part of the Niazi team,” he had blamed while addressing a press conference in London.