NAB to probe Ali Jehangir in Ashiana housing scam

The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) has determined to research former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Ali Jehangir Siddiqui over fees of alleged corruption in Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme rip-off, media report stated on Friday.

In line with sources, the anti-graft physique, after completion of the inquiry towards Ali Jehangir, has determined to rework it into an investigation.

“Quickly an approval can be sought from the NAB chairman on this regard,” well-informed sources stated.

The previous ambassador is dealing with fees of alleged corruption in Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing rip-off together with the previous federal secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad.

The NAB has availed proof displaying his partnership with Fawad Hasan Fawad. Sources additional stated that the accountability watchdog may problem arrest warrants for Siddiqui over his non-cooperation. Ali Siddiqui has appeared earlier than the NAB solely twice regardless of being summoned a number of instances.

Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, former federal secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad, former Lahore Growth Authority (LDA) director basic Ahad Cheema and others are already dealing with the fees of monetary irregularities in Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme.

In line with the NAB, “The contract for the housing scheme was gained by a building firm Chaudhry Latif & sons however former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and his aides awarded the Rs 14bn contract to Lahore Casa Builders – a proxy group of Paragon Metropolis (Pvt) Restricted, which is alleged to be owned by former Railways Minister Saad Rafique”. As per the regulation, it’s unlawful to make any settlement above Rs 150m with a single firm. “Fawad Hasan Fawad, who was the implementation secretary to the then chief minister Shehbaz Sharif on the time, levelled fees of wrongdoings towards Chaudhry Latif & sons in order that the contract to be awarded to Casa Builders,” the anti-graft physique claimed.

It was because of the employed firm’s incompetence that the challenge couldn’t be accomplished in a three-year period which introduced upon a lack of Rs 640m to the federal government, NAB officers added.

Printed in Each day Occasions, January 5th 2019

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