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Court approves NAB’s request to increase Khawaja Asif’s remand by 10 days



Court approves NAB's request to extend Khawaja Asif's remand by 10 days

  • PML-N chief was offered in courtroom at present after  expiring of his 14-day remand
  • NAB alleges that Khawaja Asif has failed to supply sources of his cash
  • PML-N chief maintains that he offered all data to authorities

LAHORE:  PML-N chief Khawaja Asif’s bodily remand in an property past means case was prolonged by an accountability courtroom at NAB’s request .

The PML-N chief was offered earlier than the courtroom at present on the expiry of his 14-day remand.

During the listening to, the NAB prosecutor instructed the courtroom that Asif had transferred cash into an organization account which was owned by his servant.

At this, Asif’s counsel responded saying that each one the cash being talked about by NAB has been formally declared.

To this, the choose listening to the case requested NAB if a cash laundering cost was being introduced forth, and was responded to within the affirmative.

“Yes, [money laundering did happen]. He [Khawaja Asif] is not providing the details of Rs130 million sent by a foreign company,” the NAB prosecutor instructed the courtroom.

He argued that Asif ought to share the supply of these funds.

The anti-corruption watchdog additionally instructed the courtroom that that they had made a “major breakthrough” in Khawaja Asif’s case in the course of the interrogation.

“Khawaja Asif had been taking a regular income from [employment in] Dubai but did not provide a bank statement,” stated the NAB prosecutor-general.

He added that the PML-N chief had accepted that he was withdrawing a wage however couldn’t present any supporting proof for the declare.

NAB’s counsel instructed the courtroom that the PML-N chief had additionally fashioned an organization with a person named Tariq Mir, however didn’t share the supply of the corporate’s funding. He added that Mir had deposited Rs510.17 million within the firm account.

The NAB prosecutor stated that Asif didn’t inform them the place the cash got here from. He additional claimed that Tariq Mir and one other man named Arshad Javed are shut associates of the previous international minister.

Upon listening to this, the courtroom requested NAB who withdrew cash from the corporate’s accounts.

To this, NAB instructed the courtroom that Tariq Mir used to make the withdrawals.

On the opposite hand, Khawaja Asif’s counsel Farooq H. Naek, arguing that his shopper was being framed in a politically motivated case, instructed the courtroom that the inquiry towards the PML-N chief had began in March 2019.

The courtroom on listening to this requested Naek who was in energy on the time, and was knowledgeable that the PTI was ruling the nation.

“Had the [Opposition’s] long march started by then?” the choose requested, sparking laughter within the courtroom.

Naek responded saying the Opposition’s agitation has simply begun. At this, the courtroom instructed the lawyer that an inquiry towards a suspect could be initiated at any time.

Naek then argued that his shopper had responded to all questions initially requested of him by NAB Rawalpindi, but his case was abruptly transferred from NAB Rawalpindi to NAB Lahore and he was arrested in haste.

He insisted {that a} political case had been fashioned towards his shopper.

The choose, after listening to arguments from each side, prolonged the PML-N chief’s remand for one more 10 days and requested the bureau to current him once more on January 22.

This is the second time that the PML-N chief has been despatched on remand by the accountability courtroom.

Last month, the accountability courtroom had despatched Asif on 14-day bodily remand on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request.

The remand request was put ahead by the accountability watchdog to analyze the PML-N chief earlier than Accountability Court’s Admin Judge Jawadul Hasan.

Khawaja Asif arrested from Islamabad

The PML-N chief was arrested final month by NAB in an property past means case.

NAB had stated that Asif was taken into custody within the backdrop of an ongoing investigation into allegations of him possessing property past identified sources of revenue.

The PML-N chief was arrested close to PML-N common secretary Ahsan Iqbal’s home.

The PML-N chief was at Iqbal’s home to participate in a debate on whether or not the PML-N will participate in Senate elections or not.

Asif left the assembly and was moments later arrested close to Iqbal’s residence.

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