Shehbaz Sharif presented before accountability court to obtain transit remand

Shehbaz Sharif presented before accountability court to obtain transit remand

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif was presented before an accountability court today as the (NAB) sought his transit remand.

The leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly has been in NAB’s custody since October 5 in connection to the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.

National Speaker Asad Qaiser has issued production orders for Shehbaz Sharif to attend a November 23 session called by opposition parties.

Ahead of Shehbaz Sharif 's arrival in court, security has been tightened and roads leading to the premises have been blocked.

After his court appearance, Shehbaz Sharif will be taken to the Lahore airport and will be flown to Islamabad so he can attend tomorrow’s NA session.

Shehbaz misused powers as Punjab CM: NAB report

NAB accused Shehbaz Sharif of misusing his powers while being the chief minister of Punjab in an inquiry pertaining to Punjab Land Development Company.

The inquiry conducted so far reveals sufficient evidence to prove the involvement of former chief minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif "in the commission of offences as defined under section 9(a) and Schedule of the NAB 1999.

The inquiry conducted states that Shehbaz Sharif as the chief minister of Punjab had unlawfully assumed powers of Board of Directors of Punjab Land and Development Company, misused his authority and acted in connivance with Fawad Hassan Fawad who at the time was Secretary Implementation to CM Punjab and others. Contracts awarded to M/s Ch. A Latif and sons for the development and infrastructure of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Project were illegally cancelled.

As the chief minister, Shehbaz Sharif in a meeting on October 21, 2014 unlawfully directed Punjab Land Development Company to entrust the project of Ashiana Iqbal Punjab to Punjab Land Development Company. This decision of Shehbaz Sharif was illegal and mala fide as Punjab Land Development Company was the company which was established for undertaking such housing projects. Shehbaz Sharif is accused of illegally transferring this project to LDA, which was headed by his close aide Ahad Khan Cheema.

Shehbaz Sharif is also accused of working in connivance with other accused in the case and directed LDA to undertake Ashiana Iqbal Project under Public Private Partnership mode. NAB states this was done in order to give “unlawful benefit to blue-eyed firm namely M/s Bismillah Engineering Service Company, which was a proxy firm to M/s Paragon City.