Nawaz, Hamza Meet Shehbaz Sharif in NAB Lahore Office on Sunday


Nawaz, Hamza meet PML -N President Shehbaz Sharif at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore office on Sunday.

Shehbaz Sharif is in NAB custody and 10 days remand in connection with the Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing project scam.

According to a news sources, the NAB administration granted ‘special permission’ to Shehbaz Sharif’s sons Hamza and Salman, Shehbaz’s wife Nusrat, and elder brother Nawaz Sharif to see the National Assembly opposition leader on their request.

Nawaz, Hamza meet Shehbaz and they brought meal for detained Shehbaz Sharif. They had dinner together. The meeting lasted about an hour.

A group of PML-N workers also gathered outside the Thokar Niaz Baig office of NAB and chanted slogans against the arrest of their leader.

Earlier, Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz briefed Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence about the case against their father.

NAB has obtained 10 days physical remand of Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiyana Housing scam on Saturday. Shehbaz Sharif is accused of cancelling the contract of successful bidder M/s Chaudhry Latif & Sons and instead obliging M/s Lahore Casa Developers (JV) — a proxy group of M/s Paragon City (Pvt) Limited (which is stated to be developed by former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique) — causing millions of rupees of losses to the national treasure.

On his father’s arrest Hamza Shehbaz said, “It’s a joke that a man (Shehbaz Sharif) who saved this country’s billions of rupees in various projects has been arrested. NAB summoned him (on Friday) in Saaf Pani Company case but arrested him in the Ashiyana housing case.”

He said the contractor whose contract had been cancelled in the Ashiyana housing project had entered into a plea bargain with NAB to secure his release, but he was still wanted by the Anti-Corruption Establishment. “The (Prime Minister) Imran Khan’s government has awarded this corrupt contractor the contract of metro bus in Peshawar. Even the Peshawar High Court chief justice had inquired about this, asking as to whom the government had awarded the contract of Rs 71 billion metro bus project which could not be completed as yet,” Hamza said, adding that Mr Khan’s bias had been exposed as he got Shehbaz Sharif arrested for saving billions of rupees of people in various development projects.

“The people of Pakistan will take Imran Niazi to task for his bias against Punjab Speed (Shehbaz) as this matter will not be settled here,” Hamza Shehbaz warned.

In reply to a question about the meeting with Nawaz Sharif, he said: “Nawaz Sharif is presiding over a meeting of PML-N’s Central Executive Committee on Monday (today) in Model Town to finalize a strategy.”


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