Former CM Shehbaz Shrif arrested in Ashiana Company scandal


Lahore (Web Desk) The National Accountability Bureau has arrested Leader of the Opposition and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif in Ashiana Company corruption scandal, the anti-graft body said in a statement Friday.
He will be presented in accountability court tomorrow (Saturday).
The NAB on Wednesday had summoned former chief minister by October 5 to investigate him in the scam.
The News has learnt the former CM was unable to satisfy before the Combined Investigation Team of the bureau in his previous appearances.
On Monday, an accountability court sent to jail former principal secretary to the then Prime Minister Fawad Hassan Fawad on judicial remand an accused in Ashiana Housing City scam.
Fawad Hassan misused his authority being secretary, implementation, of former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The court had sent the accused on judicial remand by October 15 after completion of his physical remand.
The NAB had arrested Fawad accusing him of concealing the report of the inquiry committee about the contract from the senior officials due to his mala fide intention.
The inquiry committee had been working under the supervision of then Finance Secretary Tariq Bajwa.
According to the findings of the inquiry committee, the contract awarded to Ch Latif and Sons was legal and approved as per rules. The contract of the Ashiana Iqbal Project was suspended eight months after it was approved and awarded.
The contractor, Ch Latif and Sons, had paid Rs70 million in advance as mobilisation charges. The work was also in progress when the project was suspended.


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