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LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif on Monday recorded statement with the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) regional office in an inquiry related to the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme.
Shehbaz Sharif recorded his statement with the NAB investigators for an hour-and-a-half.
Shehbaz Sharif arrived at NAB’s Lahore office much later as he was summoned at 10 am.
Talking to media after recording statement with NAB, Shehbaz Sharif said that he could have sent a written reply to the accountability body but appeared personally for the supremacy of law. “If I had not wanted to go I would not have taken support of the NAB’s earlier decisions,” said Shehbaz.
He said that the summon from the authority was based on ill-intentions. “Is it a crime to save the money of the nation?” said the CM Punjab, adding if stopping corruption is a crime then ‘he will commit this crime again’.
He said that according to the Ashiana Quaid-e-Azam Scheme, the target was to construct 1,700 houses.
Shehbaz said that he was accused of violation of laws. According to rules of business, the government has to monitor different projects. “As the chief minister, I am the in-charge of the province, the government functions due to performance,” said CM Punjab.
On January 17, NAB Lahore had issued a notification stating that it has been conducting an inquiry against management/officials of Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC), Lahore Casa Developers, Lahore Development Authority and others.
The letter read that the prima facie, Shehbaz Sharif, being the Punjab chief minister, ordered “cancellation of award of contract of Ashiana-e-Iqbal to successful bidder Ch Latif and Sons, leading to award of contract to Lahore Casa Developers (JV), a proxy of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited, which resulted in the loss of Rs193 million approximately.”


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