ISLAMABAD: A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation officer (IO) on Wednesday testified that deposed premier Nawaz Sharif never claimed to have owned Al Azizia Steel Mills or the Hill Metal Establishment.
Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik conducted the hearing of the Al-Azizia corruption reference. Nawaz Sharif also appeared before the court.
NAB’s Mehboob Alam said, “Nawaz has never claimed to be the owner of the companies, neither in his speeches nor in front of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).”
During the hearing, he said, “No witness has said that Hussain and Hassan Nawaz supported Nawaz in establishing Hill Metal Establishment”.
“No witness has said anything regarding when the Al-Azizia steel mill was established, or regarding its sponsor funding,” Alam said in court.
During his testimony, Alam also stated that nobody from the Chaudhry Sugar Mills, Hudaibiya Mills and various other companies in question, who have knowledge on the matter, were included in the investigation.
During the cross-examination, Alam stated that he had obtained the record related to the Ramzan Textile Mills from Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). He, however, did not record the statement of any expert regarding the distribution of the mills’ shares.
He deposed that no evidence was found against Hassan and Hussain Nawaz that they had assisted their father in the construction of Hill Metal Establishment (HME).
The NAB officer said the department had collected the DVDs and CDs containing recording of Nawaz Sharif’s speeches in the National Assembly and address to the nation. However, the person, who had prepared the recordings, had not been testified, he added.
He contended that it was a wrong perception that he had only depended on the JIT report and did not conduct his own investigation to prepare the corruption reference against the accused.
Later, the court adjourned the case till Thursday.