Main suspect in Shehbaz Sharif’s TT case held in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: A prime suspect in a telegraphic transfer (TT) scandal involving Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, identified as Ali Ahmed Khan, has been arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from Islamabad.

According to details, Ali Ahmed Khan was wanted by the NAB and has been absconding for the previous two years. He remained posted as director of strategy at the Chief Minister House Punjab during the tenure of Shehbaz Sharif.

The sources also said that the arrest was made by the NAB Lahore in front of a private hotel and shifted him to the bureau’s Rawalpindi office. The arrested suspect will be produced before accountability court tomorrow for transit remand. After transit remand, Ali Ahmed will be shifted to NAB Lahore for investigation

In September this year, it was reported that a money changer who used to send TTs in the name of the Sharif family from abroad is under the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

While denying reports that NAB is investigating cases against Shehbaz Sharif and Suleiman Shehbaz over their London accounts, the sources said that they were rather investigating over Rs 200 billion transferred through TTs to the Sharif family members.

The money changer who facilitated the TTs for the Sharif family is under arrest, they said.

An approver in the TT case, Aftab Mahmood’s statement was also run during a private television channel programme, that quoted him as saying that he was operating a money exchange in Britain from 2004 when his cousin Shahid Rafique asked him to facilitate some TTs in 2008.

The TTs were sent to the accounts of Sharif family members including Hamza Shehbaz, Suleiman Shehbaz, and others, and the names of the account beneficiaries, he said.

He further said that in 2008-09, he sent 24 fake TTs amounting to US$2.4 million. “I neither know the ones who were sent TTs nor they handed over the money to me,” he said adding that Shahid Rafiq received the cash. TF Report

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