LAHORE – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has ordered Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif to appear on August 20 over his alleged involvement in the scandals of Ashiana Housing Scheme and the Punjab Power Company.
Shehbaz has already appeared before the anti-corruption watchdog in the Ashian housing case. His alleged ‘right hand’ and former chairman of Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Ahad Cheema, is already in the bureau’s custody on judicial remand.
Last month, officials of the anti-graft body took senior bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad in custody for his involvement in various corruption cases, including the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.
Reports in local media suggest this time, the former CM Punjab has been summoned following the revelations made by Fawad during interrogation.
The NAB maintains that Fawad wrongfully awarded the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme’s contract to the PMLN-N’s ‘blue-eyed’, illegally ordered the shifting of nine CNG stations, and also worked in a private bank from 2005 to 2006 without official permission.
Moreover, while being the provincial health secretary, Fawad acquired six mobile health units which were purchased at a higher-than-market rate, according to a NAB spokesperson.
Fawad served as former PM Nawaz Sharif’s principal secretary before he was removed from the post on June 1 this year. He was later appointed director general of Civil Services Academy, Lahore.
According to NAB, the contract for the housing scheme was won by a construction company titled Chaudhry Latif and Sons.
However, NAB says the then CM Shehbaz Sharif and his aides awarded the Rs14 billion contract to Lahore Casa Developers — a proxy group of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited, which is said to be owned by Railways Minister Saad Rafique.
Fawad, who was implementation secretary to the chief minister Punjab at the time, is accused of levelling charges of wrongdoings against Chaudhry Latif and Sons in order for the contract to be awarded to Casa Developers.