The National Accountability Bureau’s combined investigation teams (CITs) in Pakistan on Friday have recommended freezing the assets of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s family members. “The CITs of Lahore and Rawalpindi have recommended to NAB chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry to freeze the assets of Nawaz Sharif, his children – Hussain, Hasan and Maryam – son-in-law retired Capt Safdar and relative Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the four references to be filed in the accountability court, Rawalpindi, next week,” The Dawn quoted a senior NAB official as saying. He also mentioned that CITs had also recommended freezing of bank accounts of Sharif, his children, his son-in-law and Dar. On July 28 Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had stepped down from his post after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. A five-member bench of the top court had disqualified Sharif from holding any public office for failing to declare a salary which he had not withdrawn as an executive director of a Dubai-based company as an asset when filing his nomination papers in 2013.
The court had directed the National Accountability Bureau to file references against the former PM and his children in an accountability court. The court had also ordered that one of the members of the bench would also oversee proceedings of the court.