NAB gives Nawaz clean chit in Toshakhana reference

News Desk
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday received a clean chit from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Toshakhana vehicle reference.

The development comes after an accountability court in Islamabad had directed the anti-graft body to include the PML-N leader in the investigation pertaining to the case and present a report subsequently. The court may acquit Nawaz from the Toshakhana reference, the watchdog stated in its report submitted before the court on Wednesday, highlighting that the car in question was not a part of Toshakhana at the time of purchase by the former prime minister, Geo News reported.

According to the anti-corruption body’s findings, the Saudi government gifted a car to then-prime minister Nawaz in 1997 which he deposited in Toshakhana.Later in 2008, the report mentioned, then-premier Yusuf Raza Gilani offered the PML-N supremo to buy the same car.

Therefore, Nawaz bought the car not from the Toshakhana, but from the federal transport pool, the report maintained, adding that the vehicle was not purchased using a fake bank account.