ISLAMABAD: Reacting to corruption charges related to four London properties, the UK Chapter of Transparency International has asked the British government to investigate those assets and no longer provide a safe haven to Nawaz Sharif and his family.
“If a UK investigation concludes that the properties have been bought with corrupt money, then the authorities should move to seize the assets. Transparency International also calls on the UK law enforcement to investigate any further property in the UK owned by the Sharif family,” says a press release issued by the UK chapter of the corruption watchdog.
“It has been reported that Nawaz Sharif is currently in London and has regularly been visiting <link> the UK during the trial. The UK government has consistently said it aims to crack down on the laundering of corrupt funds through the UK , although recent media reports suggest that the authorities failed to properly assist Pakistani counterparts during this investigation,” it said.
Head of Advocacy at Transparency International UK , Rachel Davies Teka said: “We are calling on the UK authorities to investigate the London-based assets identified in this conviction and ensure that Mr Sharif and his family are no longer able to enjoy any luxury homes that are found to have been bought with the proceeds of corruption. Furthermore, we believe the UK must look into any other potentially criminal UK-based assets owned by the Sharif family.