NAB summons five close aides of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl

By: News Desk
Published: 04:14 PM, 15 Dec, 2020
NAB summons five close aides of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl
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Five close associates of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman have been directed to appear in person tomorrow (Wednesday) at the NAB office in Peshawar in connection with the ongoing inquiry against the seasoned politician into assets beyond means, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

Most prominent among them are Mufti Abrar Ahmed and Abdur Rauf – maternal uncle of Fazl – as, according to the notice issued by NAB, they would be grilled about the assets owned by the JUI-F chief. 

Mufti Abrar is Fazl’s spokesperson while Abrar Ali Shah, Jalal Khan and Din Muhammad are the other three persons who have been summoned.

Sources say the NAB had issued notices to two other persons in the recent weeks; however, they could not join the probe because of not receiving the same.

Earlier in September, the anti-graft body had announced that an inquiry against was in progress against the JUI-F chief – a move that has been described as pressure tactics by the opposition party.

When reports appeared in media, citing a NAB notice, that Fazl had been summoned to the NAB office in Peshawar on October 1, a JUI-F leader had warned that hundreds of thousands of party workers would accompany their leader. However, the NAB later backtracked on the issue.

On Monday, the PDM leaders signed a declaration and gave a deadline to Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down by January 31, after which they would announce a long march on February 1.

Addressing a joint press conference after a PDM meeting, Fazl, who is also the opposition alliance’s president, said, “In case the government does not step down the date of the long march will be announced on February 1. We ask the people of Pakistan to start preparations for the long march from today.”

“Imran Khan has time till Jan 31 to resign (from the office). He is under pressure that is why he is talking about NRO,” he added.