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Ashiana Housing case: Ahad Cheema, Shahid Shafiq appear in accountability court

LAHORE: Former Director General (DG) of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema, Chief Executive of Bismillah Engineering Services Shahid Shafiq among four appeared in accountability court in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal.

Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed, Bilal, two officers of Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC) Imtiaz Haider and Arif Majeed Butt were also presented before the court.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation officer, during his arguments, stated that Ahad Cheema did fraud and used his authorities illegally in Ashiana Housing Scheme.

He added that Shahid Shafique received contract of the mentioned scheme through fake documents. Other accused were also involved in irregularities, he told.

Earlier, Ahad Cheema was suspended as thermal power plant CEO for a period of three months.

NAB had also approved fresh investigation into ‘assets beyond means’ of Ahad Cheema for which a team was also formed to probe Ahad Cheema’s assets.

Earlier, Shahid Shafiq was handed over to NAB on a physical remand till March 5 in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal.

Shahid Shafiq was arrested on the identification of Ahad Cheema after it was discovered that Rs.14bn contract had been granted to Bismillah Services despite the company being a C-4 category subsidiary company of Paragon City. NAB had also obtained details regarding mobile phone calls and emails of Ahad Cheema while the bureau had also sought expert’s assistance to recover the data.

Cheema was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from the MM Alam Road in Lahore over corruption allegations regarding taking 32 kanal land as a bribe. He had not appeared before the NAB despite several summon.

Afterwards, opposition leaders had staged a symbolic walkout in the Punjab Assembly, asking why Cheema was given promotion.

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