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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Advisor on Interior and Accountability Shahzad Akbar has said former rulers have committed money laundering in an organised manner and “the black money obtained from money laundering was used by Shehbaz Sharif”. Talking to media here on Wednesday, he said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a money laundering reference against former Punjab chief minister (CM) Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and his children in a Lahore National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court.

He said very soon the NAB was to indict Shehbaz Sharif and his family in a money laundering case.

He said that the present leader of the opposition in the National Assembly and his family used telegraphic transfer (TT) or fake foreign remittances for money laundering.

He said the NAB had made 177 such incidents part of the reference.

He said there were 16 accused in that reference, including Shehbaz Sharif and his five family members, 10 accomplices, and four approvers.

He said that the NAB had made a comprehensive reference against Shehbaz Sharif consisting of 55 volumes and 25,000 pages.

He said billion of rupees were laundered through front men and personal servants.

He said that the Federal Investigation Agency had detected money laundering of 9.5 billion rupees in Ramzan Sugar Mills, owned by Shehbaz Sharif’s family.

Giving further detail, he said Rs2.3 billion were transferred in Malik Maqsood’s account, who is working as a peon in Shehbaz Sharif’s office, Rs1.2 billion transferred, were in the bank account of Azhar Abbas, who was working as clerk at Shehbaz Sharif’s office, Rs1.1 billion were transferred in the back account of Ghulam Shabbar, Rs1.4 billion were transferred in Khizar Hayat Nazar’s account, and Rs880 million were transferred in the bank account of Mohammad Anwar, Rs650 million were transferred in the account of Iqrar Hussian, Rs512 million were transferred in the bank account of Tanvirul Haq, and Rs425 million were transferred in the bank account of Gulzar Ahmed Khan.

The PML-N leaders created three companies for money laundering, which include Good Nature Trading Company Limited established by Nisar Gill, who worked at the PML-N Secretariat for 10 years, and Ali Ahmed.

Unitas Steels and third, Nisar Trading Concern were established for money laundering.

Akbar further accused the PML-N leader of purchasing houses in the DHA Lahore by using laundered money, also gave gift to his near and dear ones.

He sarcastically advised Shebaz Sharif’s family to adopt sophisticated means for money laundering as they had failed to hide their financial crimes.

Shahzad Akbar also asked Shehbaz Sharif whether or not his sons, Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz had been running a network of kickbacks in Punjab from 2008 to 2018; whether he had not been getting benefits from this black money, and how your family afforded living in London, and what was their business in the United Kingdom.

Responding to a question, Adviser on Accountability and Interior Mirza Shahzad Akbar said the government made public the sugar inquiry commission’s report, and legal action was taken against the persons involved.

He said the process of accountability would continue without any interruption, and those involved in corruption would be held accountable.

He accused Shehbaz Sharif’s sons of collecting bribes and commissions from various people during 2008 to 2018.

He said how Shehbaz Sharif’s son and son-in-law were meeting out their expenses as they had no business in Britain.

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