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NAB arrested PML-N leader Khawaja Asif in assets without any case

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday arrested PML-N leader Khawaja Asif without any case. Geo News Reported

PML-N leader arrested from Ahsan Iqbal’s house in Islamabad

NAB spokesman Nawazish Ali Asim confirmed this News That Asif has been arrested without any assets.

The arrest was made immediately after the PML-N meeting. Later implemented.

Sources informed Geo News That Chairman NAB had signed the arrest warrant of Khawaja Asif and he has been transferred to the Rawalpindi office of Anti Graft Watchdog.

Sources further said that NAB arrested Khawaja Asif in the case filed against him by Usman Dar, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs.

Sources said that Khawaja Asif failed to announce the source of Rs 220 million from Dubai.

In addition, PML-N lawmaker Hina Pervez Butt said she condemned the arrest and warned Prime Minister Imran Khan that his “days of office were numbered”.

Khawaja Asif ‘always ready to be arrested’

Geo News Anchor Hamid Mir said in his show “Capital Talk” that the former foreign minister knew that he would be arrested and had already made preparations for it.

“He also made a bag and he will say that the NAB will arrest him soon,” Mir said.

Spokesman Nawaz Sharif Muhammad Zubair while talking in Geo News program Capital Talk said that the arrest was made in response to the speeches of Maryam Nawaz.

“They wanted to do something, and now they did,” he said, adding that more PML-N leaders would be arrested in the coming days.

“People are questioning the appointment of Sheikh Rashid and now we have seen his first step as interior minister,” Zubair said.

Maryam says Asif was abducted

PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz held a press conference shortly after Asif’s arrest, calling it a “kidnapping”.

He said the NAB was “moving around, waiting to bounce” and arrested him near the turn from Iqbal’s house.

The PML-N vice-president said such arrests were made outside of such assets, “when no one has anything on you. […] Then you use obscure things to arrest someone. “

He said the government was taking such decisions “out of fear of losing”.

Maryam Nawaz held a press conference immediately after Asif’s arrest, calling it “kidnapping”.

He said the NAB was “moving around, waiting to bounce” and arrested him near the turn from Iqbal’s house.

The PML-N vice-president said such arrests were made outside of such assets, “when no one has anything on you. […] Then you use obscure things to arrest someone. “

He said the government was “shaken by the fear of losing” such decisions.

Maryam said that Asif had told her a few days ago that “someone from NAB” had called her and asked her to “leave Nawaz Sharif” and wrap up her affairs in “15-20 days” But he said he has a long life with the PML-N supremo and “will never leave him.”

Khawaja Asif told him that he could do whatever he wanted […] He was told that he would have to suffer the consequences […] “And then it happens a few days later,” he said.

“People look to the judiciary and still hope that they will ensure justice in Pakistan,” Maryam said.

He said that if the government thinks that it can imprison the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (Shahbaz Sharif) and the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly (Hamza Shahbaz) and now the PML-N parliamentary leader has been arrested. And can influence the party’s decision to resign from the assemblies.

The PML-N vice-president said he had received 159 resignations from Punjab MPs – from one MPA on vanity letter – and almost all members of the National Assembly, except one of them.

He said the PML-N would remain unshakable and “would not let it go easily”.

Later, in a tweet, Mary said that the “reprehensible incident” refers to “hands in selectors and selected gloves”.

“We can see with such crude tactics how frightened the government is and how it is bringing its own destiny closer. The days of blind revenge are numbered,” he wrote.

The NAB issued a statement

Later that night, the NAB Lahore issued a statement confirming that the PML-N leader had been arrested as a result of an investigation into assets outside known sources of income.

According to the statement, Asif will be produced in the Islamabad Accountability Court for transit remand.

The statement said that investigations are underway against the accused under Section (V) of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 and Section (3) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010.

According to the NAB Lahore statement, “Accused Khawaja Asif allegedly made assets in excess of his income by concealing the nature, sources and transfer of assets.”

The statement said that Asif had become a senator in 1991, later he had also served as a federal minister and had been an MNA in various government terms.

Before assuming public office, his total assets were valued at 5.1 million (Rs. 51 lakh) in 1991. However, after holding various positions till 2018, the value of his assets reached 2221 million (Rs. 22.1 crore) which does not match his apparent income. Statement

It further states that Asif has claimed to have earned Rs 1,130 million (Rs 13 crore) from a job in a UAE company called M / SIMECO. However, during the interrogation, he could not provide any concrete proof of this amount as salary.

“This clearly shows that the accused wanted to prove his assets through fake sources of income,” the statement said.

The NAB alleged that Asif was also running a company named “Tariq Mir & Company” under the name of his employee Tariq Mir. An amount of Rs. 400 million (Rs. 40 crore) was deposited in his bank account but no source of funds could be provided.

He noted that his overseas employment has been the subject of hearings in the Supreme Court as well as in the High Court, where it has been observed that there is “no legal restriction” on holding public office with private employment.

The statement said that the purpose of the NAB inquiry was to find out whether the foreign income declared by Khawaja Asif was correct or not.

The NAB said in its statement that its inquiry had revealed that the accused Khawaja Asif was in Pakistan during the alleged period of employment abroad while the employment documents abroad were presented only to be declared as fake sources of income.

It said no paper trail of his income from working abroad was provided


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