Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and opposition leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday has appeared before accountability court in Ashiana Housing reference.
During the hearing, Moeez Ahmed, a witness from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), recorded his speech.
Previously, the responsible court had revoked the decision to exempt Shehbaz Sharif from participating in hearings related to Ashiana Housing’s reference.
The court summoned Shehbaz Sharif in his personal capacity and said that when the defendant appears in court in one case, he should not be exempt from the case.
In January 2020, the Accountability Court accepted Shehbaz Sharif’s request to seek a permanent exemption from the hearing of Ashiana Housing and Ramzan Sugar Mills reference documents.
President PML-N’s lawyer has filed a request for exemption in the court and informed his client that he could not attend the hearing at the time because he was in London.
On October 5, 2018, NAB arrested Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal housing plan scam because he awarded an illegal contract to his favorite company. However, in February 2019, he was released on bail by the Lahore High Court (LHC).
The anti-corruption watchdog claimed that the company did not conduct any form of investigation, but it made a considerable profit of Rs 1.5 billion.
Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s principal secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad became an approver in the case.
Fawad Hassan Fawad, in his statement before NAB, had claimed that he had awarded a contract to a “favourite firm” in the Rs14 billion Ashiana Housing project at the behest of Shahbaz Sharif.
NAB stated 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 ex-Railways Minister Saad Rafique”.