NAB clears Nawaz Sharif in Toshakhana case

NAB Exonerates Nawaz Sharif in Toshakhana Vehicle Reference Case, Highlighting Discrepancies in Acquisition

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Islamabad has cleared Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), in the Toshakhana vehicle reference case.

NAB submitted a report to an accountability court requesting Sharif’s acquittal, stating that the car in question was not part of the Toshakhana when Sharif purchased it.

The report revealed that the car was a gift from the Saudi government in 1997 and was later bought by Sharif from the federal transport pool in 2008, not through a fake bank account.

NAB sought additional time to submit the report during a previous hearing, with Sharif’s inclusion in the probe at his request.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari’s lawyer argued that Zardari, as the head of state, had immunity and could not be prosecuted.

NAB had filed a reference against former heads of state for not depositing luxury vehicles and gifts from foreign leaders in the treasury.

Zardari allegedly paid only 15% of the total cost of vehicles received through fake accounts.

Both Sharif and former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had also received cars as gifts from foreign leaders but did not deposit them in the treasury.