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NAB arrests man accused of helping Sharifs in money laundering

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday arrested a key suspect in Lahore in assets case currently being faced by former chief minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz, ARY News reported.

The NAB team arrested Aftab Mehmood who is accused of helping the Sharif family in money laundering. Mehmood was arrested on identification of another arrested suspect Shahid Shafiq.

The suspect is facing charges of transferring millions of rupees to the bank accounts of Sharif family. The NAB team said the arrested man had been operating a foreign currency exchange in London and Birmingham.

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The corruption watchdog will present the suspect before the accountability court tomorrow (April 24). The NAB will seek remand of the suspect for 15 days.

Earlier, on April 17, the NAB prosecutor had submitted the bureau’s reply in corruption cases of Ramzan Sugar Mills, Saaf Pani scam and money laundering faced by Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz.

According to corruption watchdog, Hamza chaired Saaf Pani Company meetings without having any authority. It transpired during probe that Hamza Shehbaz influenced contracts issued by the company, NAB said.

It further said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader exceeded his authority in the Ramzan Sugar Mills, and ordered construction of a drain for financial gains. The NAB told the court Rs180 million were transferred to the account of Shehbaz between 2005 and 2008, and subsequently the amount was transferred abroad.

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