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£190m case: NAB files reference against Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi
- Web Desk
- Dec 01, 2023
ISLAMABAD: In a significant development, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated legal proceedings by filing a reference against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, and his wife Bushra Bibi, among others, in a high-profile 190-million-pound case.
The NAB lodged a reference in Islamabad’s accountability court, pinpointing Imran Khan’s alleged involvement in a 190 million pound scam.
The reference names other accused individuals, Farah Gogi, former accountability adviser Shahzad Akbar, Imran Khan’s close associate Zulfi Bukhari and barrister Zia-ul-Mustafa.
NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Muzaffar Abbasi alongside investigating officer Umar Nadeem submitted the reference. The case is currently under scrutiny at the accountability court registrar’s office.
It is noteworthy that Imran Khan, presently detained at Adiala jail, is already under NAB arrest in connection with the case.
Earlier, the federal cabinet granted approval for the trial of Imran Khan in the cipher case in jail.
Imran Khan is facing a corruption probe by the NAB over a controversial deal that allegedly caused a huge loss to the national exchequer.
The case involves a settlement between the PTI government and property tycoon Malik Riaz, who was accused of laundering money through offshore companies and buying properties in the UK.
The property tycoon agreed to pay a fine of 190 million pounds to the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), which was supposed to be returned to the Pakistani government. However, the NCA transferred the money to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, where it was adjusted in the property tycoon’s liability account.
The NAB also alleges that Imran Khan and his wife acquired a large piece of land in the name of Al Qadir University Trust, which is linked to the property tycoon.