The latest update on Shehbaz Sharif’s alleged corruption in Ashiana
- NAB presents an investigation report in the Ashiana Housing case.
- Says the defense lawyers complained about the non-provision of complete documents of the case.
- Says Shahbaz has caused Rs660 million loss to the national exchequer through misuse of authority.
The leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shahbaz Sharif appeared before the accountability court in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor presented an investigation report in the case.
Shahbaz complained about backache and asked to be excused but Accountability Court Judge Najmul Hasan refused his request and asked him to have a seat. Later, the judge changed his mind and allowed the PML-N leader to leave the courtroom.
The accountability court also recorded statements of witnesses in the case. They presented a record before the NAB.
On February 18, the accountability court charged Shahbaz Sharif and other accused in the case. During the hearing, the judge had framed charges against Shahbazand other accused. However, Shahbaz and other accused denied the charges and termed the reference ‘false’.
Shahbaz is facing charges of misusing his authority and ordering the cancellation of the award of contract of Ashiana-e-Iqbal, causing Rs715 million losses to the national exchequer.
All the accused rejected the charges and the PMLN leader had sworn to God that the case against him was false.
He is also accused of guiding the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) to assign the Ashiana-e-Iqbal project to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA).
The defense lawyers complained about the non-provision of complete documents of the case. At this, the judge directed a NAB prosecutor to provide missing documents to the defense lawyers.
Shahbaz Sharif, through his unlawful acts and misuse of authority, caused huge loss to national exchequer amounting to Rs660 million. The judge adjourned hearing till July 13 and directed the prosecution to present more witnesses.