ISLAMABAD - After ignoring the National Accountability Bureau’s latest notice in the Avenfield corruption case, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (Retd) Safdar are likely to face a supplementary reference in the same case. 

Well-placed sources in the NAB told The Nation on Wednesday that the NAB Lahore issued a notice to Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in the third week of December with directions to appear before the NAB investigation team in the Avenfieled case on December 30, 2017 in Lahore office. They said that the Sharif family did not take the Bureau’s notice serious and avoided to appear before the investigation team. The NAB is all set to file a supplementary reference against the Sharif family in the Avenfield corruption reference in coming days, they added.

The two-member NAB team consisting of Sultan Nazir and Imran Dogar returned to Pakistan from the UK by the end of second week of December  after having detailed meetings with officials of the National Crime Agency and exchanging documents in the Avenfield corruption case.

The NAB team also visited the UK Home Department and Pakistan High Commission in London, the sources said. The team was granted visas of the UK after receiving a positive gesture from the authorities in November last and both the NAB officers went to London on December 10, 2017.  The NAB probe team had also handed over all the evidence it had collected against the Sharif family during the visit to UK.

The sources said that the NAB team had recorded the statement of Akhtar Raja of the Quist Law Firm, a loss-making law firm in the UK, and Robert W Radley of Radley Forensic Document Laboratory. Raja is the cousin of JIT’s head Wajid Zia who hired him to work for the JIT in the UK.  Radley was hired by the JIT to examine the documents presented by the Sharif family regarding the Avenfiled Apartments and Radley had identified that the type of font used in the trust deed declarations was ‘Calibri”, they added. On the other hand, Chairman NAB Justice javed Iqbal directed NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to investigate corruption allegations against MNA Captain Retd Safdar.

It was alleged that Captain (Retd) Safdar had awarded contracts of Rs3 billion to his favourites in violation of rules.  Out of which Rs2 billion was misappropriated by showing fake schemes.

The chairman directed DG NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to conduct merit-based investigations and looted amount should be recovered and deposited in the national exchequer.