ISLAMABAD: Vice President Maryam Nawaz of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Thursday challenged the attachment of properties of the Sharif family in Murree and Chhangla Galli to other properties frozen in connection with the relation to Toshakhana due to the abduction of her father, Nawaz Sharif.
Judge Syed Asghar Ali of the Accountability Court sent a notice to the National Accountability Bureau and by December 16, requested a response from the Bureau.
Ms Sharif lodged a petition in the Accountability Court against the attachment in the Toshakhana case of House No 24-A&B, III, Hall Lane, Murree, and a house in Chhangla Galli, Abbottabad.
She claimed in the petition that both houses were owned by her late mother, Kalsoom Nawaz. She noted that the two houses had been obtained long before the time referred to in the reference and after the death of the owner of the houses in question, as per judgement and decree of May 14, 2019, the possession was passed to legal heirs and the houses are undivided properties in the collective ownership of all legal heirs.
She asked the court to correct an order dated Oct 1, 2020 under section 88 (6A) of the Criminal Procedure Code and to release the above-mentioned assets from the attachment.
The Accountability Court proclaimed Mr. Sharif a declared criminal in the Toshakhana vehicle reference in September this year, began the procedure of confiscating his property and ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to apprehend him via Interpol.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari purchased vehicles from Toshakhana by paying just 15 per cent of the luxury vehicle costs, according to the Toshakhana comparison.
The National Accountability Bureau charged that former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had facilitated the transfer of vehicles to Mr Zardari and Mr Sharif by dishonestly and unfairly easing the 2007 Cabinet Division Memorandum’s protocol for receiving and disposing of gifts.
In May, the Accountability Court-III of Islamabad released non-bailable warrants for Mr. Nawaz Sharif not to appear in the reference proceedings and also launched a procedure to declare him a declared criminal.