Weeks after his historic ouster from the Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan’s top anti-graft body on Friday froze the bank accounts and seized the properties of Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the corruption case.
Earlier on Tuesday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had given the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other family members seven days to appear before the accountability court on September 26.
Last month, the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had chosen not to appear before NAB after they were asked to join the investigation in different cases.
Nawaz Sharif stepped down from his post after a Supreme Court bench disqualified him on July 28 from continuing his duties at the office for being involved in the Panama Papers scandal.
One of the judges, Ejaz Afzal Khan, said: “He (Sharif) is no more eligible to be an honest Member of Parliament and he ceases to be holding the office of Prime Minister.” Sharif’s cabinet also stands dissolved.
The much-awaited verdict in what came to be known as the Panama Papers case stunned the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which put up a brave front saying all was not over for Sharif and he would remain its leader.
But very soon the veteran politician, who was in his third term as Prime Minister, quit from office while claiming he had “strong reservations” about the Supreme Court ruling.
The Election Commission later issued a notification disqualifying Sharif as a member of the National Assembly.
The Panama Papers leaks of April 2016 revealed that three of Sharif’s children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family’s wealth statement. This was apparently used to channel funds to acquire foreign assets, including in London.