Ch Pervaiz Elahi, Shujaat Hussain appears before NAB in assets reference

Lahore (Monitoring Desk): Former Prime Minister Choudhry Shujaat Hussain and former Chief Minister Choudhry Pervaiz Elahi has appeared before National Accountability Bureau in assets reference.

The NAB had summoned the PML-Q leaders for investigation relating to a case filed 12 years ago  before the tenure of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who they were allied with.

The Chaudhry cousins from Gujrat are facing inquiries of allegedly owning assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

The two leaders, during their appearance, submitted NAB’s questionnaire comprising 50 questions to a three-member team. The questions concerned details of purchase and sale of their properties.

The NAB had earlier made government-level contacts with Deputy Commissioner Lahore and Gujranwala to obtain details of the assets of the two leaders and their children. Those details would now be matched with the answers submitted by Shujaat and Elahi.

The two leaders had appeared before the NAB Lahore office earlier in November as well, when they had recorded their statements before the three-member NAB team.

Speaking to media at that time, Elahi had said he was “not scared of investigations. This is not new for us, as during the Bhutto government, my family faced 135 cases.. I have always respected institutions.”

He had also said that it was up to his lawyers to see how similar his case was with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s.

Shujaat briefly remained prime minister of Pakistan in 2004 while his cousin, Elahi, was chief minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007.

Before joining Gen (retd) Musharraf’s government, they were associated with PML-Nawaz.