The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of Pakistan has endorsed the closure of six corruption references, including the high-profile Sharif Trust case.
The decision was taken during NAB’s Executive Board meeting, chaired by Lt Gen (R) Nazir Ahmed Butt. The move marks a notable turn in the ongoing accountability processes involving several high-profile individuals and entities in Pakistan.
In addition to the Sharif Trust case, the NAB board also sanctioned the closure of the Safe City corruption case against former IG Islamabad Akbar Nasir. The Park Enclave Housing Society corruption reference involving officials from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and cases against individuals Shahid Malik and Shahbaz Yaseen were similarly concluded.
Acquittal in The Ashiana Housing Case
A pivotal moment in this series of legal developments came last November when an accountability court in Lahore acquitted former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and others in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme case.
The verdict, announced by AC judge Ali Zulqurnain, exonerated Shehbaz Sharif, senior bureaucrat Fawad Hasan Fawad, and former director general of the Lahore Development Authority Ahad Khan Cheema. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) acknowledged that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, during his tenure as the chief minister of Punjab, had not derived any personal benefit from government funds nor misused his public office in the Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme case.
In summary, these recent rulings by the National Accountability Bureau and the accountability court in Lahore signal a significant reprieve for the Sharif family and other high-profile figures in Pakistan, marking a turning point in the country’s ongoing anti-corruption efforts.