SC summons Saad Rafique to explain link with Paragon City


LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday summoned Federal Minister for Railway Saad Rafique on March 10 in the Paragon City case.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the federal minister to explain his connection with the project.

As the hearing resumed, Brigadier (r) Majeed Riaz appeared before the apex court. The chief justice, however, remarked that the court has summoned the owner, not the subordinates.

“Who won the contract for Urban Development Company and on which model was the LDA City project planned?” the chief justice asked. Brigadier Riaz told the court that Tahir Javed was given the contract.

Furthermore, the top court summoned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to appear with reference to the case.

Earlier, NAB confiscated several laptops and document files during a raid at Paragon City office. The raid was conducted in relation to the ongoing investigation against alleged mega corruption and irregularities in Ashiana Housing Scheme.

The NAB has expanded its investigation of Ashiana Housing scandal and LDA City projects after arresting former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Ahad Cheema and Bismillah Engineering Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shahid Siddique.