SC summons Shehbaz Sharif in 56 companies corruption case

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CJP Saqib Nisar

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday summoned former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif in a case pertaining to corruption in 56 public sector companies in Punjab.
A two-member bench of the apex court’s Lahore Registry, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, resumed hearing the suo motu case on Sunday.
“Shehbaz Sharif should appear in person and explain how government officials were hired on such high incomes,” remarked the top judge.
Responding to this, attorney general Punjab said Shehbaz did not have any role in the companies. To which, Chief Justice Nisar said no activity took place [in Punjab] without Shehbaz’s consent. “Please ask your chief minister where he is and when he will appear before the court,” the CJP observed.
The court further ordered National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to estimate the wealth of chief executive officers of six companies.
“Please investigate how much property these officials own, so that nation’s money can be returned to it,” Chief Justice Nisar asserted.
On April 28, the Supreme Court had ordered the heads of 56 public companies, which are being investigated over a corruption probe, to draw salaries as per their pay scale.
Chief Justice Nisar remarked that heads of the companies must draw salaries as per their respective civil servant roles, adding that the heads should return the amount which was more than their original pay scale.
“The companies were made to award relatives,” observed the CJP. “Billions of rupees were spent but there is not a single drop of water available for people. We won’t allow any person to use tax money.”

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