NBP chief denies becoming approver against Dar

ISLAMABAD – National Bank of Pakistan chief Saeed Ahmed on Wednesday recorded a statement before NAB and told the investigators he was willing to cooperate in the probe against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, The Nation has learned.

On the other hand, sources said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) may not serve further notices to Sharif family for recording their statements and would file the cases on the basis of JIT report.

NBP President Saeed Ahmed was offered to become an approver against Sharifs and Ishaq Dar during his first appearance in NAB’s Lahore office.

The combined investigation team of NAB questioned Saeed for hours in connection with Hudaibiya Paper Mills case and other corruption references against Sharif family members and Dar.

He had also been summoned by JIT but he had denied knowledge of accounts in his name that were used for laundering money.

Saeed is a former deputy governor of State Bank of Pakistan who was appointed NBP president in March this year by Nawaz government.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s ‘confessional’ statement had brought Saeed’s name into the limelight after the Musharraf coup in 1998 when Dar declared Saeed a “close friend” and claimed that his accounts had been used to launder money for the Sharif family.

Last week, NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal directed the anti-graft body to coordinate with the interior ministry for keeping Saeed’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

According to a statement issued by the NAB, Saeed is accused in various NAB cases.

Talking to The Nation, NBP president confirmed that he had appeared before NAB team and recorded his statement. But he denied reports that he had become an approver in the case against Ishaq Dar.

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