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NAB to produce Shehbaz Sharif in accountability court on Monday

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif will be produced before an accountability court on Monday in the Ashiana Housing Scheme scam.
The remand was set to expire on October 30 but the anti-graft watchdog decided to push back the date owing to a public holiday in connection with annual Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh. Sharif was arrested on October 5after appearing before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Saaf Paani Company scheme. NAB said Shehbaz failed to satisfy the investigation team regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy firm and was therefore arrested.
The NAB said it needed more time to interrogate the former CM as part of its investigation into the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme and would, therefore, request the court to extend the physical remand of the PML-N president.
Moreover, a session of the National Assembly (NA) is scheduled to be held at 4 in the evening on Monday, and Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif, under production order, will also attend the session
On Saturday, the anti-graft body approved an inquiry against Shehbaz Sharif and his two sons for possessing assets beyond income, summoning Hamza Shahbaz and Salman Shahbaz on November 2 to answer the questions framed by the investigators.
During the investigation in the Aashiana Housing Scheme case, Shehbaz made the statement that his son Salman was the guardian of his financial matters.
Earlier, an accountability court in Lahore had extended Shehbaz‘s physical remand to NAB for 14 days after his previous 10-day remand ended on October 16.
During the proceedings, Shehbaz maintained he himself ordered investigation into corruption allegations in the housing scheme and denied awarding contracts to a favourite firm.
The anti-graft watchdog said the firm did not conduct any kind of survey but was provided a lucrative sum of Rs1.5 billion. It added that Fawad Hassan Fawad, the principal secretary to former premier Nawaz Sharif, had become an approver in the case.
Fawad, in his statement, had claimed that he had awarded a contract to a “favourite firm” in the Rs14 billion Ashiana Housing project at the behest of Shehbaz Sharif.
The anti-graft agency said that the contract for the housing scheme was won by a construction company titled Chaudhry Latif and Sons but Sharif cancelled it and later on awarded the contract to Lahore Casa Developers – a proxy group of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited, which is said to be owned by former Railways minister Saad Rafique.

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