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Court sends Cheema to prison on judicial remand

LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Monday sent former Director General (DG) Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema and the chief executive officer (CEO) of Bismillah Engineering Shahid Shafiq to prison on 15-day judicial remand in a case pertaining to the Ashiana Housing Scheme scam.  A NAB prosecutor informed the judge that the Bureau has gathered important evidence against Cheema with regard to his assets believed to be beyond his known sources of income. He is also found to be owning assets worth…

Court extends physical remand of Ahad Cheema in Ashiana scam

LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday extended the physical remand of former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Ahad Cheema and three other accused for 14 days in a case pertaining to the Ashiana Housing Scheme scam. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials presented Cheema and three other suspects before the accountability judge and requested for an extension in their remand. The judge allowed the request, directing the NAB to produce them on April 17 after expiry of their 14-day…

Supreme Court disapproves PA resolution against Ahad Cheema’s arrest

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday debarred the Punjab bureaucracy from protests over the arrest of Ahad Cheema, a grade-20 officer, at the hands of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a housing scheme scam.  Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar wondered how a resolution in support of Cheema was adopted by the Punjab Assembly (PA). In such a way, a resolution could also be moved to the effect that the apex court couldn’t summon anyone, he observed. The apex court directed that no one will cause any…

NAB allows Ahad Cheema to meet wife on ‘humanitarian grounds’

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday allowed the wife of Ahad Cheema, who is on 11-day physical remand over his alleged involvement in a housing scheme scam, to meet him on “humanitarian ground.” A spokesperson for the anti-graft watchdog said the meeting of Ahad Cheema with his wife lasted for one hour and they were not interrupted during the meeting. He said the bureau had been working in accordance with the NAB laws, adding that the bureaucrat was in good health. Last week, the…

LHC moved to seek action against protesting Punjab bureaucrats over Cheema’s arrest

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has been moved on Monday to seek injunctions against protesting bureaucrats and officers of Punjab government who observed strike over the arrest of former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General Ahad Cheema. The petitioner has adopted a stance that the civil secretariat officers have not abode by the civil service rules after recording a strike and locking down their offices over the arrest of ex-LDA chief. The petition asserts that the government officers are sole…

Federal, Punjab govts behind protest over Ahad Cheema’s arrest, claims Aitzaz

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan claimed on Sunday the federal and Punjab governments were behind the provincial bureaucracy's protest over the arrest of a grade-20 officer in a housing scheme scam. Speaking to the media here, the PPP leader said civil officers' protest was a revolt against the state and called for action against them. Former premier Nawaz Sharif and  Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were just the blue-eyed persons, but brats, Aitzaz said and added they wanted a judge like…

Saad Rafique serves Rs5 bln defamation notice to Fawad Chaudhry

LAHORE: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Sunday issued a defamation notice of Rs5 billion to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) information secretary Fawad Chaudhry for levelling baseless allegations against him. In a tweet after dispatching the notice, the railway minister asked Chaudhry to either make unconditional apology or face court proceedings. فواد چودھری ! اپنے الزامات ثابت کرو یا معافی مانگو۔ یا عدالت میں ھتک عزت کے دعویٰ کا سامناکرو۔ آئینِ پاکستان ہر شخص کو اپنی عزت اور ساکھ کی حفاظت کی ضمانت دیتا…

NAB gets one-day physical remand of Ashiana Housing Scheme contractor

LAHORE: A court here on Sunday granted one-day physical remand of the chief executive officer of a private construction company in the Ashiana Housing Scheme scam.  The anti-graft watchdog arrested the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bismillah Engineering Services, Shahid Shafiq, late Saturday after it was discovered that a contract worth Rs 14 billion granted to his company. According to NAB officials, Shafiq's company was part of Lahore Caca Developers, a joint venture, which was awarded the contract in violation of…

Ashiana housing scam: NAB to extract Ahad Cheema’s laptop, mobile data

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigators obtained access to mobile and laptop data of former Director General (DG) Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema, sources informed ARY News on Saturday. According to the sources, the top graft body would now investigate the emails and data extracted from Cheema’s mobile and laptop. Technical experts have also been approached to restore the data which had been either formatted or deleted, the sources further informed. The Bureaucracy of Punjab has…