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Saad Rafique, brother present before NAB in Paragon society scam

LAHORE: Khawaja Saad Rafique, his brother, Salman Rafique presented before the National Accountability Bureau Lahore office on Tuesday in connection with Paragon Housing Society scandal.

The duo was probed inside the office for over an hour.

According to details, the Bureau directed the accused brothers to bring along all documents and the money trail. Former minister Saad Rafique may get arrested, if he fails to submit the required documents.

A day earlier, Lahore High Court (LHC) granted interim bail to PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique against a surety of Rs500, 000 each until Oct 24 in the corruption case.

Last week, the Interior Ministry on the request of the anti-graft watchdog placed the names of the former federal minister and his brother on blacklist.

Khawaja Saad Rafique appeared before a NAB team, in September, to answer its queries over his alleged involvement in the Paragon Housing Society corruption scandal.

NAB had launched an investigation into the scandal after protests by dozens of victims against the housing society fraud.

Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Ahad Cheema and others are in custody over allegations of corruption against them in Ashiana Iqbal Housing Society scam.

Shehbaz Sharif has been accused of ordering cancellation of contract of Ashiana-e-Iqbal to a successful bidder, leading to the award of the contract to his favourite builder, which resulted in a loss of Rs 193 million approximately.

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