Mirza Shahzad Akbar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Accountability, on Sunday, revealed that evidence pertaining to the “illegal” appointments ordered by former Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in the CM House will be shared with the public if Sharif fails to publicly clarify the details himself.
Earlier this month, Shahzad Akbar had raised 18 alarming questions at a press briefing, and on Sunday, he reminded the PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif that the Pakistani nation has been waiting for him to address the facts surrounding his unlawful dealings.
A Corruption Saga
Reminding the PML-N president of the nation’s impatience over his silence on the 18 questions raised by the accountability investigations, Shahzad Akbar tweeted, “The nation is waiting for you to answer 18 questions. Let’s answer just one question.”
دھیلے کی کرپشن داستان. #ShahbazSharif قوم آپ سے 18 سوالوں کے جواب کی منتظر ہے.چلیں صرف ایک سوال کا جواب دے دیں کیا آپ نے نہ صرف نثار گل کو CM آفس ڈائریکڑ لگایا بلکہ قاعدہ کے خلاف backdated تعیناتی اور ترقی بھی دی? جواب دیں ورنہ کل یہ ثبوت بھی منظر عام ہو گا@PTIofficial @arsched https://t.co/aJl2VYX3B2
— Mirza Shahzad Akbar (@ShazadAkbar) December 8, 2019
Akbar added, “Have you not appointed Nisar Gul as CM Office director but also backdated his appointment and promotion against the rules? Please answer otherwise this evidence will also be made public.”
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister further claimed that Nisar Gill’s appointment was made in this manner because he was a principal figure in the scheme of laundering billions of rupees abroad, as part of the sophisticated money laundering network operated by the Sharif family.
Shahzad Akbar said that Shehbaz Sharif, who claims that he didn’t commit even a penny’s worth of corruption, had instated his money launderers into a fake organization, the Good Nature Trading Company, which had laundered more than Rs.7 billion through 200 fake Telegraphic Transfers (TTs).
These fake TTs were used to establish a new business empire, which was entirely a separate entity from the Sharif family’s business of the Ittefaq group. Akbar further explained that Shehbaz Sharif had appointed Ali Ahmad, his frontman, as the Director Policy for the Chief Minister Punjab for the same purpose of laundering money on behalf of the Shehbaz Sharif family.
Sophisticated Money Laundering Network
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister explained that aside from two other men, Mansoor Anwar and Shoaib Qamar were also allegedly part of the money laundering network as they withdrew Rs2.1 billion cash from the accounts of Good Nature Company, and these funds were deposited into various accounts.
He added that Rs.16 million were transferred to Shehbaz Sharif’s account, who transferred the amount to his wife, Tehmina Durrani. The same funds were later used to invest in property in Whispering Pine Villas.
No one can beat this level of corruption and DHEETAI! Everything is on ground and on paper yet the so called Leadership doesn’t has the courage to face it.
— PTI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (@PTIKPOfficial) December 8, 2019
Sources reveal that the same cash boys withdrew another Rs25 million from the Good Nature Company, and transferred them to Salman Shehbaz’s account. In a similar manner, another sum was transferred to Hamza Shehbaz’s account, who then transferred the amount to his wife’s account, and the funds were used to purchase properties in Lahore’s Johar Town. Sources added that the remaining funds were hidden away through TTs.
Sources reveal that Rs6.8 billion was withdrawn from the account of Good nature Company, of which Rs4.7 billion was invested in another venture. Sources, as circulating on media, claimed that the control room of these fake companies was the CM Secretariat.
Nisar Gill mentioned his designation as Adviser on Political Affairs in a form he filled for opening a bank account, mentioning the CM office address in the required field. Gill also accompanied Salman Shehbaz during his visits to Dubai, London, and Qatar. However, the Punjab caretaker government fired Nisar Gill, along with other officials appointed by Shehbaz Sharif in the CM Secretariat.
The sources also claimed that the former CM Punjab was receiving commissions and kickbacks at his house in Model Town, and he used his green bulletproof Land Cruise and the Elite Force Punjab to transfer his illegally obtained money in an office in Model Town.
Ever wonder why Sharif family was never caught on their corruption before? That’s because While being in government, @CMShehbaz used his personal car & government’s security & protocol to shift his ill gotten money from one camp office to another. دھیلے_کی_کرپشن_کہانی pic.twitter.com/er0RQN9tZg
— PTI (@PTIofficial) December 8, 2019
Posing 18 questions outlining the corruption charges against the PML-N President, Shahzad Akbar asked him to clarify details pertaining to four money exchange companies, including Rames Tax Exchange, and Al Zaroni Exchange Company, which were allegedly used to transfer massive amounts in the accounts of Salman Shehbaz and Nusrat Shehbaz through TTs.