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Lahore- Shehbaz Sharif physical remand extended by 14 days

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Shehbaz Sharif physical remand extended by 14 days

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Accountability Court in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore extends remand of PML (N) party President and former Chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif for fourteen days in Ashiana Housing Society scam.

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 Shotlist: LAHORE, PAKISTAN (OCTOBER 16, 2018) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)

    SECURITY CONVOY ALONGWITH CAR CARRYING PML (N) PARTY PRESIDENT AND FORMER CHIEF MINISTER OF PUNJAB SHEHBAZ SHARIF, PASSING THROUGH STREET
    EXTERIOR OF NATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY (NAB) COURT
    VARIOUS OF SIGNS ON BUILDING READING "NAB"
    VARIOUS OF CONVOY ENTERING NAB COURT BUILDING
    SUPPORTERS, SOME HANGING ON CAR CARRYING SHEHBAZ SHARIF, CHANTING
    SHEHBAZ ASCENDING STAIRS AS HE ARRIVES AT COURT
    SPOKESPERSON FOR PML (N), MARYAM AURANGZEB, ARRIVING
    POLICE STOPPING SUPPORTERS
    POLICE
    VARIOUS OF SHEHBAZ ARRIVING AT COURT AS SUPPORTERS CHANT
    AURANGZEB TALKING TO SHEHBAZ
    AURANGZEB WITH PARTY OFFICIALS STANDING
    POLICE LINED UP
    SUPPORTERS GATHERED

    

    

    

    

    STORY: Accountability Court in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday (October 16)  extended remand of PML (N) party President and former Chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif for fourteen days in Ashiana Housing Society scam.

    

    The court directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities to present Shehbaz Sharif again on 30th of this month.

    

    As NAB asked for a 15-day extension in Shahbaz's remand, the PML-N leader's lawyer opposed the request saying that the bureau had been unable to extract any information from Shahbaz in the past 10 days. He asked the court to reject NAB's demand for an extension. The court granted NAB a 14-day extension in Shahbaz's remand until October 30.

    

    The NAB prosecutor held that further investigation of Shehbaz was necessary. He said that the inquiry is ongoing and other aspects of the case need to be investigated.

    

    The prosecutor added that others had also been summoned in the Ashiana case and they had been investigating Shehbaz within the limits of the law.

    

    During the hearing, Shehbaz maintained that whenever NAB had called him, he was present. He added that he answered all questions that NAB had asked, including during the initial 10-day remand.

    Shehbaz is accused of ordering the cancellation of a contract given to successful bidder Chaudhry Latif and Sons for the Ashiana Housing Scheme, and engineering the subsequent award of the contract to Lahore Casa Developers, a proxy group of Paragon City Private Limited, resulting in a loss of Rs193 million to the exchequer.

    

    He is also accused of directing the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) to assign the Ashiana-i-Iqbal project to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), resulting in the award of contract to the Lahore Casa developers, causing the loss of Rs715 million and the ultimate failure of the project.

    

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    VNA Karachi......Shahab.

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