NAB team interrogates Nawaz Sharif in Toshakhana case
LAHORE (92 News) – A three-member team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrived at Kot Lakhpat Jail and interrogated former premier Nawaz Sharif in Toshakhana luxury and bulletproof vehicles reference which were filed against him a few days ago.
According to the details garnered, the corruption watchdog body handed over a questionnaire to Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) quid Nawaz Sharif in Toshakhana vehicles case.
The NAB team questioned the incarcerated former prime minister for about an hour in Kot Lakhpat Jail in the room of jail superintendent before giving him the questionnaire which he said he would return after consulting his legal advisers.
Reportedly, the NAB team also asked the premier about the gifts, presents and luxury vehicles from different countries which he received.
The sources said that Nawaz Sharif told NAB that he was legally and constitutional mandated to use the luxury and bulletproof vehicles as he was the prime minister of the country at the time. “The record can be checked anytime,” he added.
Earlier, the Islamabad accountability court allowed the bureau to interrogate Nawaz in Toshakhana vehicle case. The NAB had sought permission to question the PML-N supreme.
A NAB official informed the judge that Nawaz had illegally acquired a luxury vehicle from Toshakhana on payment of 20 per cent of the total amount in taxes and duty.
The vehicle was gifted by the government of Saudi Arabia in 1997. The former premier is currently serving seven-year prison term awarded to him in the Al-Azizia reference.
On June 28, the Islamabad High Court (IHC), in its detailed verdict on rejection of the bail, had ruled that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif cannot be released on bail as he is already getting sufficient medical facilities in jail.
According to the seven-page verdict written by Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, the jail superintendent can refer the matter to the medical board.