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PM Shehbaz receives the all-clear from NAB in the Ashiana Housing matter.

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In an inquiry into the Ashiana Housing issue, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) found Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to be innocent.

The anti-graft commission said in its reports that it had not discovered any evidence implicating the premier in the case’s allegations of abuse of authority and corruption. It emphasised that when the initiative was launched, the national coffers did not suffer any losses and said that Mr. Sharif did not receive any financial advantages from it.

According to the report, no one in a position of public trust gained improper advantages from the project, according to the evidence and data analysed throughout the study.

It claimed that neither Fawad Hasan Fawad nor Kamran Kayani had misused public funds or taken bribes in exchange for contracts.

A Lahore accountability court that is hearing the graft case against Shehbaz Sharif and others has received the report that the accountability bureau filed. The report was provided in answer to the accused’ acquittal requests in the case.

The NAB urged the accountability court to rule on the acquittal arguments in accordance with the law.

The court heard testimony from NAB witnesses in March stating that the PML-N president was not guilty in the Ashiana Housing Society case. The witnesses said they were unaware of any illicit activity taking on in the project. The bid had been launched in accordance with laws and regulations, the project had been signed and financed through the finance committee, and all pertinent papers had been created in accordance with the rules, they noted.

As a NAB witness, Layyah Deputy Commissioner Khalid Pervaiz asserted that he served as LDA director from 2013 to 2015. He claimed to have signed the proposal for the Ashiana Housing Society. He said that on March 6, 2018, he had recorded his testimony in front of the NAB investigative officer.

Mehmood Ahmad Sulehri, a second witness for the NAB, said that the LDA had established a committee for the Ashiana Housing Society project and requested Nespak to suggest a prominent representative for the organisation. “Nespak nominated me as a member of that committee,” he said. A committee conducted the bid review in a suitable manner. After that, a steering group received it. He claimed to have entered the investigation on March 9, 2018, and he has a statement on record.

The testimony of witness Hussain Ahmad, a design expert, was also recorded by the court. He said that in 2014, he was employed as a design specialist. He claimed to have written a project proposal for the Ashiana Housing Society. “I developed criteria pertaining to the social structure. Three committees were established: a technical review committee, a financial evaluation committee, and a committee to open bids. According to Mr. Ahmad, each offer was duly signed by each member and received in front of cameras.

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