Islamabad, Nov 27 : An investigation officer of the Pakistan National Accountability Bureau, admitted during cross-examination on Monday that the anti-graft body had no proof that both sons of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were dependent upon him for the business they established.
Appearing before an accountability court, NAB investigation officer Mohammad Kamran also testified that during the investigation he did not come across any witness or evidence that directly linked the former premier with the Flagship Investment and other 16 UK-based companies owned by his sons.
Dawn reports that as per the report prepared by a six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT), headed by additional director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wajid Zia, Hussain Nawaz established Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Steel Mills when Mr Sharif was in exile following the October 1999 military coup that toppled the PML-N government, while he along with his brother Hassan Nawaz started business in the UK in 2001.
Mr Kamran said that during the investigation, “No person who joined the investigation had made any oral or written statement that accused Hussain Nawaz Sharif and Hassan Nawaz Sharif were dependent[s] of accused Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in the year 2000 or at any time thereafter.”
During the cross-examination, the investigation officer said, “I had not come across any document that the accused Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif had paid any amount or in cash for providing working capital to Flagship Investment Ltd” and other companies.”
Responding to another question, the witness said NAB could not find any proof that Mr Sharif had sent money to his son Hassan Nawaz while he was studying in the UK to meet his day-to-day expenses.
According to the prosecution witness, the Sharif children were running their business in the UK in a lawful manner and were never questioned by any regulator or authority for any wrongdoing.
“I had not come across any oral or documentary evidence showing that accused Hassan Nawaz Sharif had been accused of money laundering…[or] of wrongdoing of any nature whatsoever concerning any of the aforesaid companies,” he said.
The witness said it came to his notice that the business being carried out by accused Hassan Nawaz Sharif in the UK was to purchase, refurbish and then re-sell properties.
Lead defence counsel Khwaja Haris Ahmed continued cross-examination of the NAB investigation officer till the rising of the court.
Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik adjourned the proceedings till Tuesday (today).(UNI)