­ISLAMABAD   -  NAB investigating officer Mehboob Alam on Thursday recorded statement in Al-Azizia corruption reference, stating that a large amount was transferred to accounts of Nawaz Saharif and Maryam Nawaz from Hill Metals Establishment.

Former premier Mian Nawaz Sharif, after suspension of his sentence in the Avenfield Properties Reference, appeared first time in the accountability court.

Judge accountability court Arshad Malik heard Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference against Nawaz Sharif in the accountability court.

During the hearing, NAB’s investigating officer and witness of the prosecution Mehboob Alam, recording his statement, stated that a large amount from Hill Metals was transferred to the accused and people associated with them. He also added that a large sum was transferred to the accounts of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz from Hill Metals Establishment.

The IO also stated that during course of investigation record of transactions from the concerned banks was also sought. He said that officers of private banks including Ali Reza and Irfan Mehmood were also investigated regarding transactions of amount. Another bank officer Noreen Shehzadi provided bank transactions record of Hussain Nawaz.

The witness also informed the court that he had sought record of Nawaz Sharif’s public speech and National Assembly address and a letter was dispatched to Information Ministry on January 29 in this regard.

Defence counsel Khawaja Harris objected that this portion was not related to the witness, so this witness is unacceptable.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing till Friday due to shortage of time. The NAB’s IO will continue recording his statement on Friday.

NAB FILES PETITION TO SELL  DAR’S ASSETS

NNI adds: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), through a petition yesterday, sought permission from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to sell off assets held by absconding suspect Ishaq Dar.

The former finance minister has been in London since October last year on account of his medical treatment and has been declared an absconder in the corruption case against him. Later, red warrants were sought for his arrest.

Filed by NAB’s special prosecutor Imran Shafiq, the petition states that the former senator was wanted by the court and had been declared an absconder by both NAB and the court.

The petition sought the IHC’s permission to sell all assets held by Dar in Pakistan.

The former finance minister is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Dar had earlier been declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings.

In November 2017, then-prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had accepted Dar’s request to be relieved of his duties as the finance minister.