NAB to Produce New Witness In Avenfield Reference

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ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will produce a new witness in the Avenfield reference against the Sharif family.

NAB Operations Director General Zahir Shah is to be the new witness so that new documents that he got from the British government could be brought on record. The NAB investigation officer and the DG Operations will get their statements recorded.


As per the documents that Shah had gotten from the British government, the Sharif family’s London apartments had been transferred to the possession of offshore companies Nielson and Nescoll in 1993-1995. These companies were established by the children of Nawaz Sharif.

The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said in prior statements that the Avenfield properties possession were transferred to the companies in 2005-2006 and that they belonged to his children. But in 1993-1995 Nawaz’s children Hussain and Hasan were young and did not have any source of income. Therefore, they cannot be considered owners of the properties and thus the former premier was their real owner, the documents state.

The Avenfield reference is among three cases filed against Nawaz and his family by NAB in 2017. Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as the Prime Minister in one of those cases.

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