NAB raids Sharif family businesses in Lahore

February 15, 2020

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NAB sources told <em>DawnNewsTV</em> that officials confiscated computers and laptops during the raids. — Photo courtesy NAB
NAB sources told DawnNewsTV that officials confiscated computers and laptops during the raids. — Photo courtesy NAB

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday raided businesses of the Sharif family in search of evidence pertaining to cases involving money laundering and benami accounts, officials confirmed to DawnNews.

According to the search warrant, a copy of which is available with DawnNewsTV, Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Amir Raza Baitu granted permission to NAB to search 55-K, Model Town, Lahore, and 91-F, Model Town, Lahore, as well as any other offices of the companies owned by the accused in the case.

The warrant further read that search orders were issued to recover documents from the said addresses which are "vital for logical conclusion of the case".

NAB sources told DawnNewsTV that officials confiscated computers and laptops during the raids. Sources added that important documents were recovered from the office of the chief financial officer of the Sharif Group of Industries.

NAB officials further said benami companies allegedly involved in money laundering were being operated from the office at 55-K, Model Town. They said the bureau was looking for record pertaining to Unitas, Waqar Trading and other companies.

PML-N spokesperson Mariam Aurangzeb in a statement confirmed the raids, saying these took place around 12:30pm on Saturday.

Aurangzeb said the raids were being conducted by the Imran Khan-led government to distract the masses from its political and economic failures.

"They should tell the public what they found during the raids," she said, questioning why the government was not uncovering those responsible behind the wheat and sugar crises in the country.