The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested Senior Punjab Minister Aleem Khan for owning assets beyond his known sources of income and an offshore company.
The NAB authorities added that the minister has been kept in custody for further investigations and they would present their stance on Aleem Khan’s arrest soon.
According to some media reports the PTI minister has sent his resignation to Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar.
A NAB prosecution team was informed of the development so it could begin preparations to obtain Khan’s remand.
A statement from NAB said that he will be presented before an accountability court on Thursday.
Earlier according to his nomination papers, he owned assets worth over Rs. 918 million and his personal property is valued at more than Rs. 159 million while his ownership of shares is said to be worth more than Rs. 129.3 million.
In 2018, the NAB had contacted the authorities in the United Kingdom to seek the details of assets owned by him.
The anti-corruption body had written to the UK authorities about details of assets owned by the PTI leader adding that Khan had provided details of assets abroad during investigations, however, the British authorities have been asked to verify the claims of the minister.
The bureau also received the record of his tax returns, remittances and bank transactions from the Federal Board of Revenue and the State Bank of Pakistan.
Punjab’s Information Minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan while speaking to the media said that, “NAB has authority to arrest any official on the charges of corruption.”
He further said that “A case had been ongoing against Aleem and he appeared before NAB for the second time in that case”, “Aleem has never spoken against NAB or state institutions and neither will the Punjab government or any officials do so this is the difference between us and the Sharifs and Zardaris.”
He added that “Aleem is not a suspect and no reference has been filed against him.”
He also denied the reports of Aleem Khan’s resignation by saying that “There is no need for him to resign right now and nor has a resignation been forwarded to the Punjab chief minister. NAB will further investigate and then decide whether to file a reference.”