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PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif's son-in-law declared 'proclaimed offender'

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

The legal woes of the once powerful is mounting with a Pakistani anti-corruption court today declaring Shahbaz Sharif's a 'proclaimed absconder' in a graft case.

Former and Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo is currently in jail after an sentenced him, his daughter and over the corrupt practices over the purchase of four luxury flats in in the 1990s.

Sharif was ousted from his third term as by the last year following a corruption investigation stemming from the Panama Papers case.

Pakistan's anti-corruption body has also summoned the of the party and former Punjab to appear before it on August 20 in a housing scandal case.

Now, an in today declared President's son-in-law, Imran Ali Yousaf, a proclaimed absconder on the request of (NAB).

Yousaf is accused of receiving graft in excess of Rs 12 million from Ikram Naveed, the former of the (PPDC), and is the subject of a NAB probe, Dawn newspaper reported.

He appeared before the NAB investigators in April but has since missed his scheduled hearings and is currently in

The bureau, which last month requested the interior ministry to extradite Yousaf via Interpol, today told the that "warrant of arrest against the accused has been issued by NAB chairman".

"As per IO (investigation officer), the accused has gone underground and is not traceable."

Following this, the bureau asked the court to declare Yousaf a proclaimed absconder a request that was accepted, the report said.

Quoting a source, report said the then Punjab Chief Minister's was also accused of "getting Naveed appointed as PPDC who allegedly committed massive corruption. The NAB is quizzing Yousaf on the information provided about him by "

The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) had already carried out a probe against Naveed and Yousaf in 2016. It declared Naveed guilty of embezzling Rs 450 million.

The ACE in its investigation found that Naveed had purchased 19 properties in his and his family members' names and also unearthed his and his family members property worth over Rs 1 billion. The property has been attached and their accounts frozen, the report said.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 17:50 IST