Illegal use of bulletproof cars

Court allows NAB to grill Nawaz Sharif

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Raja Basharat

Islamabad

An accountability court on Tuesday allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to interrogate former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on the alleged illegal use of 20 bulletproof cars imported for a the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) conference.

NAB had filed an application in the court, seeking direct access to Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail — where he is currently serving a seven-year sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case — so that he could be interrogated by NAB investigation officers.

The government had imported 34 bulletproof cars from Germany for guests of a Saarc meeting in 2016. According to anti-corruption watchdog 20 out of 34 bulletproof cars were added to the personal caravan of Nawaz Sharif in sheer violation of rules.

According to the bureau, the bulletproof cars were also being illegally used by family members of the former premier.

NAB has already interrogated former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the then principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad and former foreign secretary in this regard.

Meanwhile, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned hearing on NAB’s appeal till June 25, challenging the acquittal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in flagship investment reference by the trial court.

IHC judge Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani conducted hearing of the case pretending to NAB appeal challenging the acquittal of Nawaz Sharif in flagship investment reference by the trial court.

NAB Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzeb read the charges against Nawaz to the court. It is pertinent to mention here that Nawaz Sharif’s both sons Hassan and Hssain have been declared court absconders. They started their businesses right after their education. They didn’t have had any source of income that time and were under their father’s financial assistance.

They established around 13 companies, including flagship and FZE. Nawaz are being accused of investing money in his children’s companies.