He is accused of owning assets beyond his means
The National Accountability Bureau has apprehended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Asif in an assets-beyond-means case, a NAB spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
Asif was arrested by a team of NAB officials in Islamabad, according to the spokesperson.
The PML-N leader twice appeared before NAB but failed to satisfy it.
The anti-corruption watchdog had been looking into Asif’s assets, the spokesperson said. The inquiry found them to be exceeding his known sources of income.
He was arrested after NAB issued his warrant for further investigation in the case.
Asif is a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from NA-73 Sialkot-II. He was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court ahead of the 2018 general elections for possessing an Iqama (foreign employment contract).
But the Supreme Court had declared the verdict void and allowed him to contest the election.
He has held key portfolios in the cabinet in the tenure of the PML-N government.
In his reaction, former premier and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif said that Asif’s arrest was a “condemnable incident of the nexus between the selectors and the selected”.
“The government’s bewilderment can be gauged from such clumsy acts,” he said on Twitter. “But they are bringing their end closer through such moves.”
The days of “blind political revenge” had been numbered, the former premier added.