Business tycoon Malik Riaz recorded his statement before the investigative committee of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday in the Arsalan Iftikhar case, reported Express News.
Presenting his written statement, Riaz sought some time from the committee to provide further evidence in the case. NAB also handed him a written questionnaire which he has to reply to by July 24.
Speaking to the media after the proceedings, Riaz said that vengeful acts against him should be stopped and if anyone has reservations on the investigation committee, then they should get it changed.
Riaz had earlier requested the NAB to grant him time till Monday, because of his appearance in the Sindh High Court. However, in a statement issued on Friday, NAB stated that this request has been declined and that Riaz will have to appear before NAB.
NAB had stated that if Riaz fails to appear, unilateral proceedings could be be carried out against him.
Earlier, the attorney general had written a letter to the NAB chairman asking him to conduct an investigation into the Arsalan Iftikhar case after the court had ordered him to take action in accordance with the law.
Arsalan, son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and a key respondent in the case, had opposed the attorney general’s decision and said that he did not have any right to forward the case.
NAB has summoned Arsalan Iftikhar, Salman Ahmed and Ahmed Khalil to appear before it on July 30.
The accountability institution hoped that the joint investigation team would soon return from Britain, and visit the UAE.
Correction: The name ‘Khalil’ was earlier misspelled as ‘Jalil’ in the story. The correction has been made.
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