ISLAMABAD: PML-N stalwart Khawaja Asif and his household have 48 financial institution accounts into which, since 2009, Rs507 million have been deposited, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Barrister Mirza Shahzad Akbar stated on Saturday.
Briefing the media relating to the arrest of Khawaja Asif, he stated the “method of looting” adopted by Khawaja Asif was similar as his quaid (chief) — referring to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif — and which was additionally employed by Ishaq Dar and Shahbaz Sharif.
He was referring to telegraphic transfers of cash between Pakistan and nations overseas.
Akbar stated the belongings of Asif multiplied in quite a few cities of the nation, particularly throughout PML-N’s tenure, when he served varied ministries.
“In 1993, Khawaja had only Rs5.1 million in assets, that too in the shape of his inherited house,” stated the premier’s aide.
Asif’s declared belongings touched the Rs118-million mark in 2013 however on question he failed to clarify any official cause for the rise in belongings, stated Akbar.
He stated that Asif had been receiving Rs2.2 million per thirty days in wage from a Dubai agency throughout his stint as Minister for Water and Power and Minister for Defence from 2013-18. He claimed receiving a sum of Rs140 million in 5 years as wage in money, Akbar added.
“Khawaja Asif was perhaps the world’s only employee who received millions in cash as salary,” the premier’s aide stated.
Later, Asif transferred that quantity from his Dubai account to Pakistan by Telegraphic Transfers (TT), Akbar stated.
He stated that the wage fee to Asif was stopped with the completion of the PML-N’s five-year time period.
“Khawaja Asif purchased a Rs80-million plot in Gujranwala in September 2014 and sold it to the same party after a few months for Rs40 million,” stated Akbar, additionally detailing quite a few different “bogus” transactions.
No supply was defined for transactions price Rs507 million from the 12 months 2009 to 2018, he stated, including that proving corruption was tough within the absence of a documented economic system.
Akbar stated “under the law, the unexplained wealth of a public office holder is perceived to be corruption”.
Responding to a query, he lauded the efficiency of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for making file recoveries as in comparison with recoveries made by the bureau throughout the PML-N regime.