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NAB raids Fawad’s house, recovers laptops, cell phones

NAB raids Fawad’s house, recovers laptops, cell phones

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore conducted a raid at the residence of former prime ministers’ principal secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad and confiscated items for investigation.

Two laptops, mobile phones, a Blackberry phone and ‘important’ documents were picked up from Fawad’s residence. NAB will conduct forensic audit of the phones and the laptops. Sources reveal that the documents picked up from Fawad’s residence contain crucial information.

NAB officials managed to nab the password to one of Fawad’s phones during investigation. A bag filled with 30 USBs was also found and will be sent for testing.

On July 6, the top anti-graft watchdog arrested Nawaz Sharif’s former secretary and close aide Fawad on charges of corruption in Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme scam and 3 other projects.

Fawad, who also served as secretary to former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and was regarded as the most powerful bureaucrat in the last Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, was summoned by the National Accountability Bureau Lahore (NAB) at least 11 times but he appeared only thrice.

NAB, however, arrested him on Thursday when he appeared before its investigation team at Lahore’s Thokar Niaz Beg complex and could not give ‘satisfactorily answers’ to the questions posed by the investigators in Ashiana-e-Iqbal and other relevant cases.