Haven’t fled, will return to Pakistan soon: Former Foreign Minister

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, under investigation for money laundering and alleged corruption, has rejected reports of him fleeing abroad and said that he is in the US to meet his daughters and will return soon.

Calling 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.

“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).

The former Foreign Minister is under investigation for money laundering and alleged corruption in the Nandipur power project.