Bushra Bibi denies knowledge of NCA-Malik Riaz settlement in her reply to NAB

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi has said that she was not aware of the settlement between UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and property tycoon Malik Riaz.

The anti-corruption body had directed Bushra Bibi and the PTI chief to appear before the Rawalpindi office on June 7 (today) along with documents related to the registration, donations and other details of Al-Qadir University.

In the Al-Qadir Trust case, it has been alleged that the PTI chairman and his wife acquired billions of rupees and hundreds of kanals of land from Bahria Town Limited in exchange for legalizing Rs50 billion sent to the Government of Pakistan from the United Kingdom during the PTI regime.

In her reply, Bushra Bibi said the PTI chief had requested the bureau to shift the hearing to June 8 (tomorrow) as he was to appear before the Islamabad High Court and the anti-terrorism court.

Bushra Bibi added that the donations to the Al-Qadir University Project Trust were not “under the guise of donations” but were genuine donations that were made only for the benefit of the Al-Qadir University Project.

She said it was NAB’s duty to “identify and disclose the details of the information sought from them” as well as the connection between their details and their involvement in the case.

The former first lady said, “I am concerned about the terms and conditions agreed between the NCA and Malik Riaz’s family in accordance with the above action or the return of funds or the return of Pakistan funds from the UK or the federal cabinet proceedings and the decision taken by it on December 3, 2019. There is no knowledge.

She said that no such land, cash, gift or any valuable item was given to her or any other trustee by Malik Riaz Hussain or any member of his family/Bahria Town Limited to the best of my knowledge.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe the 190 million pound scam had also summoned Bushra Bibi on June 7.

In the notice, nab had directed to keep all other documents including registration of Al Qadir University Project Trust, Al Qadir University Project Endowment Fund Trust and Al Qadir Trust.