LAHORE: Spokesperson for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Maryam Aurangzaib has said that his party President Shahbaz Sharif is not appearing before the NAB due to risk of the coronavirus and urged the anti-graft body not to stake his life in the given circumstances.
The spokesperson took to Twitter to inform that all the information including documents asked by the NAB has been provided along with the available records.
She said that despite hardship due to the coronavirus the information was obtained from the United Kingdom and Pakistan and provided to the NAB on the basis of memory.
Maryam Aurangzaib said that if the NAB wanted to ask more questions then it contacts through a video conference or skype.
She said that Shahbaz Sharif has passed through the cancer treatment and he can be affected by the coronavirus for having a low immunity adding that the NAB had earlier been requested not to stake his life in the wake of coronavirus by calling him at its office.
Earlier, on April 17, Shahbaz had skipped his appearance before the NAB authorities, fearing that he might contract coronavirus as he was a 69-year-old cancer survivor, and his doctors had advised him to restrict his movement due to life-threatening risks associated with COVID-19.
It has been learned that the money-laundering investigation against Shahbaz Sharif family is at the last stage and answers of Shahbaz Sharif were very crucial to complete the probe.
The bureau has asked Shahbaz to provide details of properties inherited by him. It said that from 1998 to 2018, Shahbaz’s family assets grew exponentially. As a public office-holder, Shahbaz needs to explain the increase in his assets, NAB added.
However, on Monday, the NAB issued a press release, giving a warning to Shahbaz that in case of noncooperation, legal action will be taken against him. The NAB said that the said investigation is on its final phase and Shahbaz’s appearance before the NAB investigators are crucial in concluding the investigation.
The NAB has reassured Shahbaz that all social distancing measures will be adopted and investigators will only ask questions related to alleged money laundering from a safe distance.