ISLAMABAD -  National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has urged the foreign ministry to speed up the verification process of documents related to London flats case of the Sharif family.

He issued these directives at a meeting with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, who visited the NAB headquarters, sources said.

According to the sources, the NAB chairman made it clear that a delay in the verification process of documents will not be tolerated. He directed the foreign ministry to take concrete steps in this regard through diplomatic sources. The sources said that the anti-graft body chief also directed to submit a report about the verification status of the documents.

The anti-graft watchdog has sought all verified documents regarding London flats to file an interim reference against the Sharif family.

Last week, NAB served a notice on ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption case but they did not appear before a NAB probe team. The NAB has already decided to file a supplementary reference in said case.

In December 2017, a NAB team consisting of Sultan Nazir and Imran Dogar visited the United Kingdom and held meetings with officials of the National Crime Agency and exchanged documents related to the Avenfield corruption case.

Meanwhile, the NAB chief has taken notice of alleged corruption in the Quetta Metropolitan Corporation (QMC). The QMC officials have been accused of corruption and doling out a prime government land worth millions of rupees in Quetta in violation of rules.

He has ordered NAB Director General Balochistan to probe illegal acts of the QMC officials. The irregularities came to the light after scrutiny of documents that revealed that the QMC officials caused losses worth millions of rupees to the national kitty.

Meanwhile, the NAB chairman has also directed DG NAB Multan to have complaint verification against former MPA Punjab Jawad Kamran Khar for his alleged involvement in grabbing 827 acres and submit a report within two months.

The DG NAB Lahore was also directed to have a complaint verification of alleged corruption charges against former chief executive Raj Kumar, Faisal Khurram and others for allegedly looting savings worth Rs40.80 million of the people at large.  The NAB chairman sought a report within two months.

Moreover, the NAB chairman directed DG NAB Multan to have complaint verification against former MPA Punjab Sardar Ahmed Ali Dareshak and officers of the Evacuee Trust Property Board for occupying 98 kanal 3 marlas and selling the state land in collaboration with the ETPB officials. The DG Multan was ordered to submit a report within two months.