NAB takes PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif into custody in ‘Saaf Pani’ scam

NAB takes PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif into custody in ‘Saaf Pani’ scam

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LAHORE: The PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif was served summons recently and he appeared today, on Friday, to record his statement where he was taken into custody by the NAB officials.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) detained Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif.

The PML-N president has been detained by NAB Lahore in connection to the Saaf Pani Case.

According to NAB officials, Shahbaz was summoned because he, in his capacity as a chief minister, had approved the alleged illegal projects being run by the company.

His son Hamza Shehbaz, former provincial finance minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha and former MPA Waheed Gul were also summoned by the anti-graft watchdog previously.

The accountability watchdog had alleged that Shehbaz Sharif had misused his authority during his tenure as Punjab chief minister and was involved in corruption.

Director General of NAB Lahore in his briefing in June this year had stated that during Shehbaz’s tenure in Punjab, the water plants costing 0.5 billion were reportedly installed at the additional cost of 1.5 billion. Four billion were given under the pretext of consultancy, he explained while adding that the company did new hiring on the orders of Shehbaz Sharif.

Sources said that NAB had summoned Shehbaz to appear before it at 11am today and was detained upon failure to do so.

Punjab Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed had earlier conceded before the Supreme Court that a single drop of water couldn’t be made available to the people of the province despite the government having spent Rs4 billion on the Saaf Pani Project.

The chief secretary told the judges that so far Rs4 billion had been spent on Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC), set up with an aim to ensure supply of potable water to the people, but not a single drop of water could be supplied.

Justice Nisar had expressed displeasure over the authorities, saying so much money was squandered on advertisement campaign, but the project couldn’t be completed.

He reiterated that everyone will be held to account and that he will ensure every single penny of public money is returned to the national exchequer.

The Punjab government had established Saaf Pani Company to conceive, plan, design, execute and manage projects for the provision of safe drinking water, in terms of both access and quality, to the communities living in unserved and underserved areas i.e. rural and peri-urban areas of the province.

 

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