An Accountability Court of Lahore on Wednesday (July 24) adjourned hearing of Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme case against former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif till August 07.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced Shehbaz Sharif, Fawad Hasan Fawad and other suspects in the Ashiana scandal before duty judge Wasim Akhter. During the hearing, former Punjab Chief Minister slammed the anti-graft body for “presenting lies”. However, the prosecution responded in opposition and claimed that the politician was attempting to waste the court’s time. After concluding proceedings, the court then put off the hearing.
Talking to media after appearing before the Accountability Court, Shehbaz reiterated that those who detected corruption in the scandal were the ones being accused.The closure of all adjacent roads by placing containers disturbed flow of traffic and free movement of the citizens as well. “This case is wastage of time as our [PML-N’s] government had caught this fraud [related to the housing scheme],” Shehbaz said.
The NAB in the reference alleged that Mr Sharif being the chief minister of Punjab misused his authority by unlawfully assuming powers of Board of Directors of PLDC. It said he in connivance with his co-suspects awarded contract to an ineligible proxy firm that resulted in failure of Ashiana housing scheme causing a huge loss to public exchequer.
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