NAB files new references against Nawaz, Zardari and Gilani in fake accounts case
The National Accountability Bureau on Monday filed a new complaint against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for the fake accounts case.
The appeal was lodged in an Islamabad accountability court.
The copy of the reference is available with a media outlet which reported that the reference has names of Omni Group CEO Khawaja Anwar Masjid and his son Khawaja Abdul Ghani Majid as well.
According to the reference, in order to extend the unlawful gain to the accused [Zardari and Nawaz], Gilani permitted the retention of vehicles gifted to them by various foreign states and dignitaries through relaxing procedures related to the presentation of gifts in Toshakhana.
The reference also stated that the accused “through dishonest and illegal means for their personal benefit and interest” retained the vehicles in question “against a nominal payment of 15 per cent of the total value.”
It added that Zardari, through the Omni Group CEO and his family, made the payments for the vehicles “for which he has no credible excuse.”
The reference also read that “It was established during investigation that these amounts are in the context of illegitimate laundered proceeds for the benefit of the accused.”
It also maintained that Gilani, in agreement with Zardari and Nawaz, “dishonestly and illegally relaxed the procedure for the acceptance and disposal of gifts […] which stipulate that vehicles shall not be allowed to be purchased by the recipients”.
“The accused [Gilani] floated and suppressed the law and the procedure to grant undue concession, and benefits resulting in wrongful loss to the national exchequer,” the statement added.
According to the report, Zardari accepted and received vehicles as gifts from the United Arab Emirates in 2005 and from Libya in 2008 during his tenure as President of Pakistan.
“He neither reported the gifted vehicles nor deposited the same. The accused preferred his own personal interests and obtained undue concession and benefits,” it added.
Meanwhile, the reference maintained that Nawaz, who did not hold any public office in 2008, “knowingly and with dishonest intention obtained illegal favour in connivance with [Gilani] by obtaining the relaxation of the said procedure for acceptance and disposal of gifts”.
The case of the fake accounts relates to a massive money laundering scheme that the Federal Investigation Agency was investigating.
The suspects include Zardari, Talpur, former chairman of the Pakistan Stock Exchange, Hussain Lawai, Anwar Majeed, CEO of the Omni Group, and his sons and several other high profile individuals.