By Iram Salim
Had Ayesha Ahad Malik acted as Ayan Ali of Hamza Shahbaz? This big question is likely to be asked from her (Ayesha) on her appearance in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore on May 3.
The NAB has summoned Ayesha Ahad, who claims to be Hamza’s wife, in investigation against the junior Shahbaz in money laundering case.
Model Ayan Ali had earned the notoriety for laundering millions of dollars for her bosses. Many in media claimed one of her bosses was Asif Ali Zardari. Since NAB is investigating PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, his sons — Hamza and Salman – for allegedly laundering money abroad it is said Ayesha Ahad will be asked whether she laundered money especially to the UK at the best of her so-called husband or others.
Last year Hamza and Ayesha had decided to withdraw all cases against each other after then chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar arbitrated between the two in a bid to resolve their longstanding differences.
Ayesha has still failed to make Hamza publicly declare his wife. Hamz stated that he had never contracted marriage to Ayesha. “Ayesha lies as she is not my wife,” Hamza said.
According to NAB, most of the remittances related to the Shahbaz family members were fictitious and the process of remittances was used for laundering the assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
During an initial investigation the NAB found that Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza and Salman “accumulated assets disproportionate to their known sources of income to the tune of Rs3bn. The suspects in order to justify the acquisition of assets have mentioned foreign remittances worth Rs1.3bn.”
The investigation has further revealed that most of the remittances were fictitious and the process of remittances was used to for laundering the assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. The NAB said Salman’s ‘key front-man’ Muhammad Mushtaq (who is in NAB custody) received fictitious remittances of Rs600 million in his accounts on his (Salman’s) behalf in order to conceal the origin of funds and subsequently transferred the amount to Salman. — Pak Destiny