ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif raised questions over a Dubai property owned by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sister, Aleema Khan, and demanded the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe into her sources for purchasing the property.
In his informal conversation with journalists during his appearance before an accountability court, the former premier said the NAB does hold investigations against members of his party, adding that the anti-corruption watchdog should also find out how the prime minister’s sister purchased the property.
This month, Aleema Khan deposited half the total cost of her previously undeclared Dubai property with tax authorities as penalty.
Aleema paid 25 per cent of the total estimated amount of her luxurious flat, “The Lofts East-1406”, in taxes and 25 per cent fine charges, officials had said. The prime minister’s sister was slapped with a double penalty (taxes and fine) because she did not disclose the said property worth around Rs74 million.
The said luxurious flat was located in the heart of Dubai, adjacent to Burj Khalifa, the most expensive area in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), added the officials.
“Wherefrom did Aleema Khan get property worth billions in Dubai,” Nawaz questioned, adding that Aleema Khan does not even have any sources of income.
He said the prime minister’s sister paid fine for hiding property, questioning, “Isn’t it an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance)?”
Noting that Aleema is also a board member of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH), the former premier asked what is the money trail of her property.
He said the nation wants to know who is behind Aleema Khan’s property.
Nawaz said they saved Rs160 billion in power projects, behind which was tireless efforts of the then Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif.
“But Shehbaz Sharif was thrown in jail instead of commending him,” he lamented.
The former premier further said the Lahore-Multan Motorway project has been completed, but it is not being operationalised.
“Name the project PTI Motorway, but at least open it,” he urged, saying the government is not ready to operationalise projects initiated by them.
Nawaz further regretted his incarceration despite having done much for the country.
“We made JF-17 fighter jet in collaboration with China. Is it reward for that we are made to face prisons?” he asked.
“Thinking about this hurts. Then you say I do not speak up,” the former premier told reporters.
He said people accuse him of making a ‘compromise’ if he does not speak up, questioning, “Can an individual, returning from London after being sentenced, go for an NRO?
“You can neither write nor publish whatever I would say,” Nawaz told the newsmen.