NAB seeks to register Farah Khan’s properties and bank accounts

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has searched the banking and real estate records of Farah Khan, a close friend of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife, Bushra Bibi, from various departments of the Assets Case beyond means.

The anti-corruption watchdog last month authorized an investigation against Farah for accumulating “illegal assets beyond known sources of income, money laundering and maintaining various accounts on behalf of businesses”.

Express News reported on Tuesday that the office of NAB Lahore has requested records of the accused property from the Deputy Commissioners of different districts.

NAB has also sent letters to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and the Excise Department, requesting details of its bank accounts and transactions.

Earlier, NAB issued a statement stating that a huge turnover amounting to Rs 847 million has been uncovered in Farah’s account over the past three years.

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He added that the amount did not match his reported account profile.

“These credits were received in his personal account and withdrawn immediately after the credit within a short period of time,” he said.

The anti-corruption body further said in a review of Farah’s tax returns that her assets had “significantly increased” from 2018 “for unknown reasons”.

“Furthermore, she frequently traveled to foreign jurisdictions; nine times to the United States and six times to the United Arab Emirates.”

Amid the allegations, Farah had left for Dubai on April 5.

Shawanda H. Saldana