According to sources, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday arrested senior bureaucrat and former principal secretary to two former prime ministers, Fawad Hasan Fawad, in the Ashiana Housing scam.
NAB launched a probe into the scam in November after receiving a number of complaints regarding an illegal deal involving 3,000 public kanals between the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC), a company owned by the government, and private companies.
Fawad, the former principal secretary to ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, who appeared in court today, had been directed to provide documentary evidence to defend himself against allegations that he had played a role in awarding a contract to a firm in violation of rules.
NAB Lahore had summoned Fawad to probe whether he misused his authority in the scam. The bureaucrat is also accused of accumulating assets beyond income including plazas worth millions. He’s also accused of obtaining plots in costly housing schemes and allotting agricultural land in several parts of the country.
Despite being summoned nine times by NAB, Fawad made four appearances. In the last summon, he had requested exemption for personal reasons which the bureau granted him. Previously, NAB Lahore summoned Fawad in February and April, 2018. Fawad previously served as then-chief minister Shehbaz Sharif’s secretary in 2013.
He took the role of prime minister’s principal secretary in 2015 and worked with both Nawaz and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
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