Pakistan’s Anti-Corruption Body Arrests Senior Opposition Leader

The anti-corruption body of Pakistan arrested Khawaja Asif, the senior leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, on Dec. 29 on charges of having “assets beyond known sources of income.”

The anti-corruption body of Pakistan arrested Khawaja Asif, the senior leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, on Dec. 29 on charges of having “assets beyond known sources of income case.”

“Before assuming the public office in 1991, the total worth of Khawaja Asif’s assets was Rs5.1 million (US$70,000) which increased to Rs221 million (US$3 million) in 2018 after serving on different posts which do not match with his known sources of income,” the National Accountability Bureau said in a statement hours after arresting Asif outside the Islamabad residence of another PML-N leader where a meeting was held.

The statement also said that during the investigation, Asif had “failed to present any solid evidence” for his claim of receiving Rs130 million (US$1.8 million) from United Arab Emirates firm International Mechanical & Electrical Company.

“This clearly shows that the accused tried to prove his income through fake sources,” the statement said.

The opposition said that Asif’s arrest, who served as the foreign minister under the government of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was politically motivated as Asif has been critical of Khan.

However, Khan said that the arrest was part of his agenda against corruption.

Asif’s arrest came days after opposition parties called for Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign until Jan. 31 for allegedly failing to improve the economy.

Opposition parties have been organizing protests across the country to demand for Khan’s resignation.


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