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NAB again summons Nawaz in Jati Umra road case

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on May 20 in connection with a probe launched against him over illegal construction of a road.

Quoting sources, ARY News reported, a three-member team of the Bureau will interrogate the former premier with regard to the probe into alleged illegal construction of the road in Raiwind for personal use, utilizing taxpayers’ money.

Mr. Sharif was also summoned last month but he didn’t turn up as he was abroad to see his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz.

Sources said Chief Minister and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and other top government officials will also be summoned for questioning by NAB.

According to NAB officials, the national exchequer had to suffer a loss of around Rs125 million because of the Sharif brothers who allegedly allowed illegal construction of the two-way road . The road was constructed for personal benefit at taxpayers’ money, they added.

Mr. Sharif has been accused of misusing his authority as prime minister in 1998 to allow construction of the road leading to his residence in Jati Umra.

Sharif, 67, resigned in July last year after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income.

Sharif along with his sons-Hussain and Hassan – has been named in three NAB references, while his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt. Safdar have been nominated in a reference with regard to the Sharif family’s London-based Avenfield properties.

The references were filed in compliance with the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict last year.

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