Khawaja brothers’ judicial remand extended for 14 days
LAHORE (92 News) – An accountability court extended the judicial remand of Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique for 14 days on Thursday.
Khawaja Salman Rafique was produced in court. However, Khawaja Saad Rafique could not appear in court due to a session of the National Assembly.
On the other hand, the court also extended the judicial remand of Ahad Cheema for 15 days.
On May 16, the court extended the judicial remand of the Khawaja brothers for 14 days in the Paragon scandal.
Khawaja Saad Rafique could not be produced in court due to his presence in Islamabad for a session of the National Assembly. Speaker Asad Qaisar had issued his production order.
The NAB has not yet filed a reference against Khawaja brothers. Paragon City Director Qaisar Amin Butt has become an approver in the case while another director Nadeem Zia is still at large.
Following their arrests, the NAB Lahore had issued a press release and stated that “Accused Saad along with his benamidaar wife Ghazala Saad Rafique, brother Salman in association with Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia established a housing project in the name of Air Avenue which was converted into a new housing project namely M/S Paragon City Pvt Limited. Record shows that M/S Paragon City is an illegal society.”
“Accused in collusion, connivance and collaboration of Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia cheated the members of public at large and obtained illegal pecuniary benefits from the funds of said illegal housing project,” it added.
Further, it stated, “Accused is operating this illegal housing project through his associates/ co-accused persons who are collecting deposits from general public despite clear directions from LDA that this project is unapproved.”
“Accused has been and is continuously obtaining illegal/ illegitimate funds/ benefits from said project as he obtained 40 kanal plots in his own name and the name of his brother Salman.”
The press release continued, “Accused by misusing his official position continued the expansion and marketing of illegal housing project and also obtained undue benefits in the form of sale of numbers of commercial plots worth billions of rupees which were actually not owned by M/S Paragon City. Thus the buyers have been cheated through this action of corruption and corrupt practices.”