NAB to work properly in important case of Ashiana Housing: Justice Azmat
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court on Monday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to work properly in the important case of the Ashiana Housing scheme.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed heard bail pleas of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case suspects Munir Zia and Imtiaz Haider.
During the hearing, Justice Azmat asked NAB prosecutor, “What really is the case about?” The prosecutor responded, “The suspects caused a loss to the national exchequer through the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme. Someone else had won the contract but it was awarded to a company named CASA.”
To reply, the Justice inquired if NAB had arrested CASA owners, the accountability watchdog’s investigation officer said, “CASA is a joint venture of three companies and an interim reference has been filed against six suspects.”
“Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and Fawad Hasan Fawad have been arrested in connection to the case and investigated. A final reference will be filed later,” the investigation officer further said.
Justice Azmat questioned, “If CASA is a joint venture of three companies then how have only six suspects been arrested?” He remarked that the Ashiana Housing case is very important and directed the NAB officials to work properly.
Justice Saeed remarked, “This is an important case and NAB should investigate properly. We are not making any decision today as counsels are not present.”
The hearing of the case was then adjourned till November 29.