ISLAMABAD: The Nat­ional Accountability Bure­­au (NAB) on Wednesday cleared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Toshakhana vehicle reference.

The anti-graft watchdog stated this in a report submitted to the accountability court in response to its direction issued in connection with the reference about three luxury vehicles gifted to Pakistan.

According to the reference, President Asif Ali Za­­rdari and PML-N sup­re­­me leader Nawaz Sharif had obtained cars from To­­shakhana by paying only 15 per cent of their price.

“This case may attract any other offence but it has no relevancy with the benefit of Toshakhana as the subject vehicle when purchased was not part of Toshakhana, rather than the same was part of the federal transport pool,” it said.

The report stated that Nawaz Sharif had not made the payment for the vehicle from a fake bank account.

Subsequently, NAB urged the accountability court to acquit or discharge the former prime minister from the reference.

Published in Dawn, April 18th, 2024

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