JUL 27, 2018: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif for August 20.
The former two-times elected Chief Minister PUnjab won a National Assembly seat from Lahore on July 25 poll while losing out on three other constituencies — Karachi, Swat and Dera Ghazi Khan.
This is the third time that the anti-graft body has summoned Shehbaz in Punjab Power Company case.
The former CM PUnjab who is also PML-N chief has been directed to appear before the joint investigation team in NAB Lahore office on August 20 and answer the questions during the interrogation period.
Shehbaz had last appeared before NAB earlier in July regarding a probe pertaining to alleged corruption in the Punjab Power Company (PPC) and the Saaf Pani Company (SPC). The anti-graft body had summoned the former CM on July 5 but Sharif had requested the bureau to allow him to appear a day earlier due to personal commitments. The PML-N president had been summoned by the anti-graft bureau as he is accused of misusing his authority while being the CM of Punjab.
After Shehbaz had failed to appear before the anti-graft bureau, the latter had asked the police to produce him before the bureau. The former CM had already skipped two NAB hearing in cases pertaining to the irregularities in Saaf Pani Company and Ashiana Housing scams.
In an interview, the former Punjab CM had stated that 2018 general elections would not be considered free and fair if the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) continues to victimize PML-N in the name of accountability. Consequently, on July 4, the anti-graft body decided that election candidates undergoing an investigation by the bureau will not be arrested until general elections on July 25.
Meanwhile, the PML-N head and Maulana Fazlur Rehman of MMA have called an All Parties Conference on conduct of countrywide polls alleging rigging and irregularities. The polls positioned PTI as single largest party followed by PML-N and PPP in second and third position respectively.
PPP which is posied to form government in Sindh and MQM-P from Karachi which is in talks with PTI for alliance both on national level and in Sindh province, and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) from Sindh, have decided to stay away from the PML-N and MMA huddle.
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Also, the NAB has summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Shujaat Hussain in assets beyond means case. The Chaudhry brothers will have to appear before the NAB team on August 16.
Elahi — a former CM PUnjab and deputy PM during Musharraf era (2000-2008) won the national assembly seat on July 25 poll from Chakwal constituency NA-65.
The Chairman of country’s premier anti-corruption body Justice (retd) Javiad Iqbal has vowed to continue probe and accountability process of public institutions accused of misuse of authority, misappropriations of funds and misgovernance without fear or favor.