Shehbaz family involved in money laundering of $26m: PM’s aide


–Shahzad Akbar says Shehbaz Sharif failed to explain Rs60m illegally given to son-in-law Ali Imran by Naveed Ikram


ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Thursday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif and his family have laundered money worth $26 million.

Addressing a press conference, Akbar said that Shehbaz Sharif in his presser didn’t clarify the allegations leveled against him by the British newspaper Daily Mail.

He said that Shehbaz has failed to answer about Rs60m which was illegally given to his son-in-law Ali Imran by former director finance ERRA (Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority) Naveed Ikram.

“The government is just asking for three payments given through EERA funds to Shehbaz’s son-in-law, Ali Imran. “Don’t mislead the nation, tell why Rs60 million were given to Ali Imran,” he said. “Next week I will tell the names of your political associates involved in money laundering.”

“There was a deal between Naveed Ikram, Ali Imran and Farrukh Shah. Farrukh Shah was appointed as CFO by Shehbaz Sharif. The PML-N leader purchased 80 kanals of land in Lahore,” he added.

He said more than 200 telegraphic transfers (TT) were found against Shehbaz Sharif and 131 against Ali Imran. Shahzad said that Naveed Ikram had taken the name of Ali Imran when he appeared before the court in 2016.

“Shehbaz Sharif should file a lawsuit against me in London if he thinks I am lying,” said Akbar.

Akbar said that on September 6, 2012, 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 Rs 130 million. The cheque was paid by Naveed Ikram and the power of attorney was Ali Imran.”

The special assistant 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 Shehbaz, Suleman Shehbaz, Nusrat Shehebaz and Ali Imran have created their empires on TT.”

Akbar said that Nusrat Shehbaz and Hamza Shehbaz bought a house in Donga 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.