NAB summons Hamza Shehbaz Sharif again in asset beyond means probe

  • The Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly is also facing an inquiry into the Ramzan Sugar Mills case

LAHORE – The NAB authorities have summoned Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif for investigation today (Thursday).

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader allegedly for having assets beyond means. Hamza has been asked to reach the Lahore bureau of the anti-graft body at 2:00 pm today.

Hamza Shehbaz is also facing another case pertaining to financial irregularities in the Saaf Pani Company.

This is the second time the opposition leader in PA will appear before the anti-corruption body to explain his position in the probe over assets beyond means.

On Dec 27, a combined investigation team of NAB quizzed him for over an hour with regard to details of his properties in and outside the country. He could not satisfy the team and this is why NAB has summoned him again.

Hamza is also facing an inquiry into the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. According to the NAB, Hamza and his younger brother Salman Shehbaz being directors of the sugar mills got constructed a bridge linking to their mills out of the public money in Chiniot. It said an amount of Rs200 million was approved by then chief minister Shehbaz Sharif for the construction of the bridge.

The reference is likely to be filed by the end of this month.

Salman Shehbaz is in the UK. According to NAB, Salman left the country to skip its hearings. Hamza was stopped from leaving the country at the Lahore airport last month after putting his name on exit control list (ECL).