NAB summons Shahbaz in Saaf Pani Co scam today

LAHORE: Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has been summoned by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore in the Saaf Pani Company scam on Monday (June 25).

The Bureau asked the PML-N president to turn up on June 25 after his failure to appear on June 4 for questioning with regard to alleged financial irregularities in the company.

He has begun consultation with legal experts to prepare his response to the anti-graft watchdog’s notice.

Shahbaz was served summons to turn up before the Lahore office along with record of the company, especially details about the salaries and perks of its employees, but he didn’t show up.

His son Hamza Shahbaz,former provincial finance minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha and former MPA Waheed Gul had also been summoned by the anti-graft watchdog in this case.

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 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. – NNI

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