NAB sends questionnaire; Fazl says it’s media trial by ‘buddies’

Bureau seeks financial details of family, party: Wants JUI-F chief to explain family and deceased father’s finances: Fazl says will see how to respond when any notice is received

By: News Desk      Published: 04:29 PM, 18 Dec, 2020
NAB sends questionnaire; Fazl says it’s media trial by ‘buddies’

A detailed questionnaire containing 26 queries was sent to JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, asking him to submit a reply along with evidence by December 24, in connection with the ongoing assets beyond means inquiry, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

Moreover, the NAB has warned the JUI-F chief, who is also the PDM president, that any failure to comply with the directives would result in legal action.

On the other hand, Fazl, according to 24NewsHD, reacted to the report, saying that he did not receive any notice and the “buddies” were using the issue for media trial.

They would see how to respond when any notice or questionnaire was received, he remarked, adding that he did not recognise or accept the NAB as an accountability organisation.

To begin with, the NAB has asked Fazl to share the details of the income sources of Mufti Mehmood, his late father who died 40 years ago. Moreover, he is also supposed to provide the details of the properties inherited or bought by his father as well as the inheritance passed on to him and his family through his parents.

The annual income sources and the assets owned as well as the sources of income used to buy 64 kanals of land in DI Khan, two kanals and 15 marlas along with five marlas purchased in Multan Cantt in the name of his son, or any other land purchased by him or his family members should also be explained by Fazl.

According to the NAB questionnaire, the seasoned politician must describe his or the JUI-F relation with the following persons:  Muhammad Ashraf, Abdul Rauf, Shaukat Khan, Din Muhammad, Yasir, Abrar Ali Shah, Sharifullah, Tikka Khan, Haji Shehzada, Ibrar Ahmed and Muhammad Ramzan.

These questions also cover the gifts received by him or his family, properties other than land, assets bought by his sisters and brothers, properties sold and hotels, shops and houses built in the names of others.

On the other hand, the NAB sought details about his election expenses and tax returns along with the foreign tours, bank accounts and madrasas run by him and family members.

Meanwhile, the registration, financial, assets and income details of the madrasas managed by Fazl and his family, and the state land provided to him, close aides or party members are also on the radar.

And it is not just Fazl in his personal or family capacity, as the NAB also wants the details of JUI-F’s bank accounts inside or outside the country, funding source and assets.