Report on Broadsheet LLC, NAB scandal presented in federal cabinet meeting

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January 19, 2021

Sources told Geo News that the report also includes recommendations to deal with the matter

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ISLAMABAD: The ministerial committee will present its findings of the Broadsheet LLC saga in 45 days.

This was revealed by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, who also heads the ministerial committee, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Islamabad. He was flanked by committee members, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari.

The committee was constituted by Prime Minister Imran Khan a day ago over the scandal emerging out of the Broadsheet LLC and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) agreement.

The federal ministers called a press briefing following the weekly meeting of the federal cabinet. Sources told Geo News that PM Imran Khan had directed the three-member ministerial committee to make public facts in the scandal involving the London-based asset recovery fund and the National Accountability Bureau.

Shibli Faraz said once the investigation is completed, the government will take action against those responsible. “Accountability cannot be one-sided. Nor is it a choice.”

The information minister said the government will probe all names that surfaced in the London High Court judgment. “Corruption investigations are underway against PPP leadership,” he added.

Fawad Chaudhry said Broadsheet LLC was responsible for tracing assets owned by politicians in the United States, United Kingdom and Asian countries. He said initially the accountability bureau had given a list of 200 individuals that needed to be probed. “The tale of corruption in Pakistan is incomplete without Ishaq Dar. He was obviously among the 200 individuals.”

Dar’s name was later removed as Broadsheet was told that he was cooperating with NAB, he added. “Assets worth $114 million owned by the Sharif family have been traced,” he said, adding that the Sharif family owned properties in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UK and the United Arab Emirates.

Dr Mazari said if Maryam Nawaz reads the judgments in Broadsheet LLC saga she would hang her head in shame. “She [Maryam] is looking for a third NRO.”

The human rights minister said TORs of the committee have been finalized for the investagion in the scandal.

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