LAHORE: The country’s anti-graft body on Thursday approved filing a corruption reference in the accountability court against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s powerful senior minister in Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs1.4 billion beyond his known sources of income.

The reference was approved at a meeting of the regional board of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) with its Director General Shahzad Saleem in the chair. The DG had taken verbal approval of NAB chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal during his visit to the bureau on Wednesday.

It has been sent to the NAB headquarters for formal approval from the executive board meeting (EBM).

Prime Minister Imran Khan may have to review his decision to have Mr Aleem in the cabinet of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar once the corruption reference is filed against him.

Aleem Khan was arrested by NAB in February last year on income beyond means and other corruption allegations. He secured bail in May last year and was subsequently allowed to become part of the provincial cabinet. At the time of the Punjab government formation after the 2018 general election, Aleem Khan was considered a strong candidate for the chief minister slot.

According to the proposed draft of the reference, Mr Khan, who also holds the food department portfolio, could not provide/justify his assets here and abroad worth Rs1.4bn. “A number of properties of Mr Khan in Pakistan and abroad have been identified which he failed to establish from which source of income he acquired. His two front men — Umar Farooq and Umair — are accused of tampering with the record of Park View Housing Society and benefiting him millions of rupees,” it says.

Aleem Khan is also accused of establishing multiple companies for his real estate business and invested millions of rupees. “In 2005-06, apart from the inland assets, suspect Abdul Aleem Khan established offshore companies in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The offshore companies acquired assets of extensive value which are beyond his known sources of income,” the reference draft says.

Published in Dawn, September 18th, 2020

Opinion

Editorial

Road to perdition
Updated 01 Feb, 2023

Road to perdition

This is also the time of reckoning for those who sowed the seeds of a disastrous policy against militants.
Transport tragedies
01 Feb, 2023

Transport tragedies

TWO tragedies over the weekend illustrate the weak protocols governing the safety of transport in Pakistan. In fact,...
Disqualifying Jam Awais
01 Feb, 2023

Disqualifying Jam Awais

IT appears that there may be some kind of small punishment after all for PPP lawmaker Jam Awais, who was pardoned ...
Police Lines bombing
Updated 31 Jan, 2023

Police Lines bombing

Where the menace of terrorism is concerned, the government and opposition need to close ranks and put up a united front.
Oil price hike
31 Jan, 2023

Oil price hike

THE record single-day increase in petrol prices, preceded by massive currency depreciation, signifies the ...
Babar Azam’s award
31 Jan, 2023

Babar Azam’s award

BABAR Azam might not have lifted many trophies as Pakistan’s all-format captain in the last year but the star...