ISLAMABAD -  The National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom and other institutions have shared documents of around 10 companies of the Sharif family with National Accountability Bureau’s investigation team in the Flagship Investment and Mayfair properties corruption reference, The Nation has learnt.

A NAB team headed by Director General Operations Zahir Shah had been to London this month to investigate the Flagship Investment and Mayfair properties reference.

Sources claimed that Shah returned to the country last Sunday and the other two team members, NAB  Director Muhammad Rizwan and  Investigation Officer Muhammad Kamran will arrive today (Saturday).

The sources said that NAB team also met with officials of the UK Crime Agency and Land Registrar Office during the visit and these departments shared with the probe team the documents of the Sharif family’s 10 companies including Flagship Investment, Harstone Properties Limited, Que Holding Limited, Kuiniteaten Plus Limited, Flagship Securities, Flagship Development Limited and Hiltron International Limited.

The sources said that Shah also met with the head of the UK National Crime Agency. They said that it was also revealed during investigation that the Sharif family owns the Mayfair properties in London.

The bureau team, according to the sources, also engaged officials of the Pakistan High Commission in the UK for meetings with senior officials of different departments in London.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons, Hussain and Hassan, have been nominated as accused in the Flagship reference that deals with the ownership of 16 offshore companies.

Shah had led the probe team on the special directions of the NAB chairman after it was reported that two members of the Lahore bureau meet with private people during their investigation into the Avenfield case during the earlier visit last month.

The sources claimed that the Flagship reference is being investigated by the Rawalpindi bureau and Director General Nasir Iqbal was interested to lead the team but the NAB chairman refused him permission to go to London with the team.

Accountability Court Islamabad has already indicted Sharif in the Flagship Investment reference. Accountability Court judge Muhammad Bashir had read out the charge sheet, but Zafar Khan, a representative of Sharif, denied the charges.

Last month, the anti-corruption watchdog team visited the UK with regard to the Avenfield corruption reference but it could not get enough evidence in that case.