Lahore: An accountability court on Monday indicted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif along with nine others in a housing scandal. The country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau, had arrested Sharif on October 5 in connection to the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case. Sharif has been accused of misusing his authority during his tenure as Punjab province’s Chief Minister from 2013 to May 2018 by unlawfully assuming powers of the board of directors of the Punjab Land Development Company and awarding a contract to an ineligible proxy firm that resulted in the failure of the housing scheme.
The scam reportedly caused losses of millions of rupees to the national exchequer and deprived 61,000 applicants of houses. Shehbaz Sharif and other suspects appeared before the accountability court in Lahore on Monday as Judge Syed Najamul Hassan heard the case and framed charges, Geo News reported. (IANS)
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