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Pakistan's anti-corruption agency to file criminal charges against ex-PM, finance minister


Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency is set to open a criminal investigation against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and current Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the ex-premier was ousted from power by the country’s Supreme Court over corruption charges, APA reports quoting Press TV. 

 

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said in a statement on Thursday that “the chairman (of) NAB directed that the prosecution of the cases will be followed up vigorously in the concerned Accountability Courts.”

 

The agency added that its investigation would rely on the evidence collected by a Supreme Court-appointed six-man panel that was investigating the Sharif family’s wealth.

 

Sharif, who is currently in London while his wife undergoes cancer treatment in the UK capital, was disqualified from office following a landmark ruling by Pakistan’s top court in late July.

 

The Supreme Court ousted Sharif after an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, bringing his historic third term in power to an unceremonious end. He served three separate stints as premier but never completed a full term in office.

 

In its ruling, the court referred all material gathered in the investigation to the NAB court, and recommended opening cases against Sharif, his three children and Dar.

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