Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested the country’s former foreign minister and key opposition leader Khawaja Asif in a disproportionate assets case. The opposition has sharply criticized the government.
Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau has arrested a key opposition leader and former foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif. A case of disproportionate assets against him was already under investigation.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif is one of the important leaders of PML-N. He was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials on Tuesday (December 29th) after leaving a meeting at the party’s office in Islamabad. The NAB said in a statement regarding the arrest that “Khawaja Asif allegedly made more assets than his income by keeping secret the nature of the assets, the sources and their exchanges.”
Pakistan’s leading newspaper The Dawn quoted a NAB spokesman as saying that Khawaja Asif had been summoned earlier for questioning but had failed to submit evidence of his assets. According to reports, Khawaja Asif will be produced in the NAB court on Wednesday morning, December 30, and an attempt will be made to remand him and then he is likely to be transferred to Lahore.
According to local media reports, before entering politics in 1991, his total assets were worth about 5.1 million Pakistani rupees, but in 2018, his assets were worth about 25 million rupees.
The NAB also said that Khawaja Asif had claimed to have earned such a large sum of money by working for a company in the United Arab Emirates. However, the investigation revealed that ” He said that he was in Pakistan at that time and the documents he has provided in connection with his employment abroad prove that he is a fake source of income.
PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has strongly criticized the arrest of Khawaja Asif. He wrote on Twitter, “The arrest of Khawaja Asif between the selectors and the selected nexus is highly reprehensible.
Khawaja Asif’s arrest comes at a time when the opposition is demanding Imran Khan’s resignation over allegations of electoral fraud and military interference in political affairs. The opposition also accused the prime minister of failing to improve the country’s economic situation.