Politicians from the opposition and ruling party, as well as government officials, have been summoned to appear before the anti-corruption National Accountability Bureau in Lahore on Monday.
Those called in for questioning include the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s cousin Mohsin Latif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s leader and member of the Punjab assembly.
Ghazanfar Abbas Chheena, PTI’s member of the national assembly Malik Karamat Khokhar, the former principal secretary to chief minister Punjab Raheel Ahmed Siddiqui, ex-parliamentarian and nazim Majid Zahoor and the former councilor Ameer Gujjar.
The Bureau is probing Hanif Abbasi in an alleged corruption case related to the Sports Board Punjab.
A notice sent earlier by NAB reads: “The inquiry proceedings have revealed that you are in possession of information/evidence which relates to the commission of the said offence.
You are advised that failing to comply with this notice may entail penal consequences as provided in Section 2 of the schedule of National Accountability Ordinance 1999.”
The 20 questions sent to Abbasi inquire about his meeting on January 4, 2017, with the former chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and the purpose of setting up a Project Management Unit in the Sports Board.
In one question, NAB asks why did the PML-N leader put pressure on the chief minister and other board members to form the Unit?
Other questions probe the legal status of the Unit. “What was his role in the projects started under the PMU?” the questionnaire asks, “Why was no action taken against the authorities who did not complete projects on time? Did you take any legal or departmental action against the incompetent authorities of the PMU or not?”
The Bureau is also looking into a case against Abbasi of allegedly initiating 66 projects all at once.
The PML-N leader and Maryam Nawaz’s cousin Mohsin Latif had been called by NAB Lahore in connection to an endowment land scandal. The former chief minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif, and officers of the Lahore Development Authority have also been made part of the inquiry.
Raheel Ahmed Siddiqui and others
The former principal secretary to Punjab’s chief minister, Raheel Ahmed Siddiqui, has been asked by the bureau to fill a questionnaire and submit it before the court.
While the ex-nazim Majid Zahoor and former councilor Ameer Gujjar have been summoned by NAB in an inquiry related to alleged corruption in handing over land ownership rights to people at Katchi Abadi Shah Shams, GOR-I.