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Accountability Court adjourns hearing of Ashiana-e-Iqbal case till August 21

Accountability Court adjourns hearing of Ashiana-e-Iqbal case till August 21

LAHORE:An accountability court on here on Wednesday adjourned hearing of Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scam till August 21.

The Accountability Court Judge Naeem Arshad conducted the proceedings wherein the accused including former principal secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad and former DG LDA Ahad Khan Cheema were produced.

The counsel for Shehbaz Sharif filed an application before the court contending that his client could not appear before the court as he was in Islamabad to attend National Assembly session in connection with Kashmir issue. The counsel implored the court to grant exemption to his client from appearing in Wednesday’s hearing.

The court was further told that statements of the witnesses could not be recorded today due to lawyers’ strike in protest against Indian actions in the occupied Kashmir.

At this, the court adjourned further hearing till August 21 while allowing exemption application of Shehbaz Sharif.

Shehbaz Sharif and others had been indicted in Ashiana Iqbal Housing case. The NAB had accused Shehbaz Sharif of misusing his authority which resulted in failure of the project, depriving 61,000 applicants of housing units. NAB alleged that Shehbaz Sharif, in connivance with former DG LDA Ahad Cheema, awarded the contract to a proxy.

A Lahore High Court division bench had already granted bail to Shehbaz Sharif in Ashiana-e-Iqbal and Ramzan SugarMills cases.