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Assets case: Aleem Khan to be presented in NAB court

LAHORE: An accountability court will resume the hearing of an assets beyond means and offshore companies case against former Punjab minister Aleem Khan today.

The jail authorities will produce the accused before the court as his judicial remand expires today.

In the previous hearing, the accountability judge had asked the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) prosecutor about filing of reference against the PTI leader. The prosecutor replied investigation was under way and it will be filed soon.

He said the corruption watchdog had to obtain more record in the case due to which it was unable to file the reference.

Showing dismay over delay in filing of reference, the judge observed that filing a final reference was the bureau’s responsibility which it should fulfill at the earliest.

According to NAB, Aleem being the Secretary of Parkview Cooperative Housing Society, Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab and Minister for Information Technology held public office and during the period was involved in acts of corruption and corrupt practices by way of accumulating assets beyond known sources of income within Pakistan and outside.

Furthermore, the bureau said, the accused established multiple companies with the purpose of real estate business and invested millions of rupees.

He has been accused of buying more than 900 kanal land in different villages of Lahore in the name of his company M/s A&A Pvt. Ltd. and also paid advances for additional 600 kanal land for which he could not account for the sources of the investments.

In year 2005 and 2006, apart from inland assets, he established offshore companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK) with these companies acquiring assets of extensive value which are beyond known sources of income of the accused.

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