LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday served the summons for deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif for appearance before the accountability watchdog on April 21 in an inquiry into alleged misuse of authority for the construction of a road from Raiwind to Jati Umra, the family estate of the ruling party’s ‘leader for life’.
According to reports, the NAB officials were not allowed to go inside the palatial estate of the former prime minister to serve the summons personally. They were instead asked to submit the summons at the security checkpoint outside Jati Umra.
Nawaz has been summoned by NAB at its Lahore office on April 21.The accountability watchdog believes that the Sharif brothers ‘misused’ their authority to increase the coverage area of the road between Raiwind and their Sharif estate. The bureau claims the road was widened by four feet from 20 to 24 feet and the case involves an alleged misappropriation of Rs125 million.
Investigations against the Sharif brothers in the case were initiated by NAB on April 17, 2000.
This is not the first time the former PM’s security officials have turned away NAB officials.
Last year, during the investigation into the Panama Papers scandal ordered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, NAB officials were forced by Sharifs’ security personnel to submit the summons and absconder notices for Nawaz’s sons Hussain and Hasan at the checkpost.