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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar on Thursday appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and submitted fresh ‘evidence’ of alleged money laundering by former foreign minister Khawaja Asif.

Mr Dar, who had filed a complaint against the former defence minister in March, appeared before the Rawalpindi NAB and provided the documents to the investigators.

A source in NAB told Dawn that according to bureau’s rules, the complainant had to appear before the investigators to submit an affidavit and relevant evidence during the complaint verification process.

“Mr Dar had been asked to visit the NAB office a few months ago, but he could not do so and after receiving a second notice, he turned up and met NAB officials,” the source said.

After visiting the office, Mr Dar told the media that he had given the anti-graft watchdog the records of the PML-N leader’s foreign investments, including his wife’s transactions in foreign accounts. The evidence of Mr Asif’s secret employment with a foreign company and remuneration contract were handed over to NAB, he added.

Says details of PML-N leader’s secret job with a foreign firm were handed over to NAB

Mr Asif, he said, was allegedly getting a salary on an iqama (work permit) which he had not declared before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “There is no other example in the world that a foreign minister of a country is getting a salary from any other country,” Mr Dar added. He claimed the PML-N leader was getting a monthly salary of Rs1.6 million from a firm based in Abu Dhabi.

NAB Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal had on March 7 ordered a complaint verification against Mr Asif for his alleged involvement in money laundering.

Published in Dawn, December 7th, 2018

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