Pakistan: Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Pakistan, the country’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has got a big relief in a corruption case. He has been declared innocent by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday (May 20) in the Ashiana Housing case. According to NAB, no evidence of corruption has been found in the contracts for his scheme.
According to the report released by the Accountability Bureau, there was no loss to the national exchequer nor did Shahbaz get any financial benefit from the project. Geo News quoted the NAB report as saying that no evidence of abuse of power has been found against Shehbaz Sharif. Shahbaz had referred the Ashiana case to the anti-corruption watchdog as per the law.
Brother of former army chief general also got relief
What is the Ashiana housing scandal?
Aashiyana Housing Scheme was launched in 2011, then the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Awas Yojana was introduced as a low-cost housing scheme, but soon allegations of irregularities began to surface on this scheme. Seven years into the scheme, in 2018, several high-profile politicians were accused of alleged corruption, leading to an investigation by the anti-corruption watchdog. The accused also included PM Shehbaz, who allegedly misused his powers during his tenure as the chief minister of Punjab, in an inquiry related to the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC). Now he has got relief in this matter.
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