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Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Accountability Shahzad Akbar has claimed that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif’s son in-law Ali Imran is an absconder.
Also, the PM’s special assistant has said that he will name the people who were involved in money laundering for Shehbaz Sharif.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Akbar said that the government is just asking for three payments given through EERA funds to Shehbaz’s son-in-law. “Don’t mislead the nation. Just tell why Rs60 million were given to Ali Imran,” he said, adding “next week I will tell the names of your political associates involved in money laundering.”
On September 6, 2012, Akbar said that Ali Imran was paid Rs200 million. In March 2013, he received Rs130 million and later in July 2011, he was paid Rs270 million. “A land was bought for Rs130 million. The cheque was paid by Naveed Ikram and the power of attorney was Ali Imran.”
The paper claimed that the DFID poured more than £500 millions of UK taxpayers’ money into Punjab in the form of aid during Shehbaz’s tenure as chief minister.
He said that Shehbaz did his press conference because the authorities now know their robbery, adding that Naveed Ikram was handed over to the authorities because he is poor while Ali Imran was sent abroad.
“Two people committed a crime, one was arrested the other was sent abroad because he is son-in-law. Hamza Shahbaz, Salman Shahbaz, Nusrat Shehebaz and Ali Imran have created their empires on TT.”
Akbar said that Nusrat Shehbaz and Hamza Shahbaz bought a house in Dona Galli and Johar Town respectively through money laundering and TTs. “Naveed Ikram has accepted please bargain while Ali Imran is an absconder. According to the law, his properties will be confiscated and recoveries will be made,” he said.
Shehbaz Ready to Accept Punishment if Corruption Story Proven True
On July 18, Shehbaz announced that he was ready to accept any punishment if the accusations leveled against him in a news report accusing him of embezzling millions of pounds from the aid provided for earthquake victims.
While referring to the news report, the PML-N leader said that the earthquake happened in 2005 and he assumed office of Punjab chief minister in 2008. Shehbaz added that he will accept any punishment if the accusations against him are proven to be true.
On July 14, the Mail on Sunday published a story which accused the former Punjab chief minister and his family of allegedly embezzling money from aid given by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) and laundering it in the United Kingdom.
In the report, the paper claimed that the DFID poured more than £500 millions of UK taxpayers’ money into Punjab in the form of aid during Shehbaz’s tenure as chief minister.
“Yet, say investigators, all the time that DFID was heaping him and his government with praise and taxpayers’ cash, Shahbaz and his family were embezzling tens of millions of pounds of public money and laundering it in Britain,” writes reporter David Rose. “They are convinced that some of the allegedly stolen money came from DFID-funded aid projects.”
The report says Shehbaz’s son Suleman has denied the allegations against him and his family, “saying they were the product of a ‘political witch-hunt’ ordered by Pakistan’s new prime minister, the former cricketer Imran Khan.”