Punjab CM Buzdar appears before NAB

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Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a case pertaining to allegedly issuing a liquor license to a hotel, illegally.

The Punjab chief minister arrived at the Bureau without any protocol, a stark comparison to PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz’s appearance before NAB a day earlier.
According to NAB sources, issuing liquor licenses falls under the domain of the DG Excise, however, the Punjab chief minister allegedly used his influence in issuing them.
Last year in April, NAB had launched an investigation into Buzdar’s alleged corruption after two complaints were filed with the anti-graft body against him.
Sources had said Buzdar was accused of getting a liquor-sale permit issued to a private hotel in Lahore.
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The chief minister was also accused of getting a helicopter for his official use insured for Rs70 million, instead of Rs30 million, according to sources. Buzdar had directed to pay the insurance amount through a supplementary grant.
Sources had added that the Bureau had initiated proceedings for verification of the corruption complaints, for which the anti-graft body’s Lahore bureau issued the directives.
The allegation had been rejected by then Punjab government spokesperson Shahbaz Gill.

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