Islamabad: Rejecting media reports that claimed that he fled abroad, Pakistan’s former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that he is in the US to meet his daughters and will return soon. Notably, the former Pak minister is under investigation over charges of money laundering and alleged corruption in the Nandipur power project. Also Read - 'Statement Was Twisted’: After Admitting Role in Pulwama Attack, Pak Minister Seeks Good Relation With India
Terming media reports about him fleeing as “baseless”, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader said the purpose of his trip to the US was to meet his daughters, not to escape from the country, Geo News reported on Saturday. Also Read - 'Ghus ke Maara': Pakistan Minister Brags About Pulwama Attack in National Assembly, Changes Tone
“I am in the US at the moment visiting my daughters and will return soon,” he said. Asif’s family is already in the US, whom he joined two weeks ago. Soon after his departure, reports said that the reason behind him leaving was to escape a probable arrest by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Also Read - Gen Bajwa's Legs Were Shaking: Pakistan Leader Says Imran Khan Govt Freed Abhinandan 'Out of Fear'
Asif was the second high ranking leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) who was removed after party chief and former prime minister Sharif was disqualified for corruption last year.
Asif, 68, was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), earlier this year, for concealing details of his UAE work permit while contesting polls in 2013. Asif’s disqualification was considered as huge blow to the PML-N.