Exclusive Details: NAB Summons CM Shahbaz Sharif in the Saaf Pani Scam, May be Time’s up

By Anahita Zurvan

The National Accountability Bureau’s  (NAB) Lahore office has summoned PML-N chief and CM, Shahbaz Sharif, in the Saaf Pani Company scam on June 4 following Punjab Finance Minister Ayesha Ghaus-Pasha and PML-N MPA Waheed Gul appeared to record their statements on Wednesday.

Shahbaz Sharif appeared before NAB for alleged misuse of authority in the award of a contract in the Rs.14 billion Ashiyana Housing scam and recorded his statement.

In November, the NAB had launched a thorough probe into the fishy-affairs of the 56 public-sector companies formed by Shahbaz Sharif administration in Punjab for their alleged partake in corruption.  These companies have been accused of certain irregularities, procurement rules and merit violations, nepotism in recruitment, and non-completion of various projects in a timely.

There has been a lack of competent performance and regular audit, and non-transparent procedure to give tender to handpicked companies which are under direct supervision of CM Shahbaz Sharif.

On Wednesday, NAB investigated Ms Ayesha and Mr Gul for more than two hours over the affairs of the company. “Both the minister and the MPA remained part of the Board of Directors of the Saaf Pani Company when illegalities were committed,” the source said.

The timing of CM Punjab,Shahbaz Sharif’s summons (June 4), is significant as the PML-N government will complete its term on May 31. “The notice has asked CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to appear before a combined investigation team of NAB Lahore in connection with the affairs of the Saaf Pani Company,” an official source told Baaghi.