An accountability court in Lahore on Thursday (April 18) extended judicial remand of imprisoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leader, Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique till May 2 in the Paragon Housing Society scam. The Khawaja brothers have been accused of embezzling nearly Rs2 billion.
The court expressed displeasure over the NAB for not filing reference in the case. “Where is the reference? How a person could be taken into custody for an indefinite period of time?” the court asked. To which, the NAB’s prosecutor responded that investigation into the case was being done.
NAB Lahore had argued that , “Accused Saad Rafique along with his benamidaar wife Ghazala Saad Rafique, brother Salman Rafique in association with Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia established a housing project in the name of Air Avenue which was converted into a new housing project namely M/S Paragon City Pvt Limited. Record shows that M/S Paragon City is an illegal society.” “Accused in collusion, connivance and collaboration of Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia cheated the members of public at large and obtained illegal pecuniary benefits from the funds of said illegal housing project”.
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