The Lahore High Court’s (LHC) two judge bench comprising Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan and Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf, in its detailed verdict of 22 pages on bail petitions of leader of opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif in Ashiana Housing Scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills stated that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has not accused Shehbaz of embezzlement in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme case and that the project was handed over to LDA after due approval.
“Moreover, the allegation against Shahbaz Sharif/petitioner that he got cancelled the contract of M/s Chaudhry Abdul Latif & Sons has also not been supported by the record of the present case because the contract was never cancelled rather the matter was settled through a written agreement with the mutual consent of the parties,” says the verdict.
The detailed verdict observes that there was “no mentioning in the record that the former chief minister was a signatory to the mutual agreement signed by Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) then chief executive officer Shahid Latif and contractor Chaudhry Amir Latif”.
“Not a single inch of the state land has been transferred in the name of any person/contractor till today. Not a single affectee of the Ashiana-i-Iqbal Scheme out of 61,000 affectees as claimed by the NAB made any statement before it,” the bench rules, adding that prima facie there is not a single affectee in this case because no amount for the allotment of any plot from any person has been received so far except non-refundable fee of Rs1,000 against an application form, which was also deposited in the government treasury”.
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17 November, 2019