NAB summons Nawaz in ‘illegal’ Raiwand road case


LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau has directed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before it on May 20 (Sunday) in a case pertaining to misuse of public funds for the construction of Jati Umra Road in Raiwand.

The bureau had approved the corruption reference against Nawaz and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for misuse of public funds, amounting to Rs126 million, spent on the construction of the two-lane road from Raiwind to their family residence.

Nawaz has not appeared before the anti-graft watchdog despite being summoned for two times in past. At the time of the previous summons, he was in London to visit ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz.

The graft-buster had initiated the investigation into the matter first in April 2000. The case was among 146 high-profile cases cited in a list by the bureau.

The Sharif is already facing corruption references filed by the NAB in an accountability court in Islamabad. The references pertain to Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hills Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd and London’s Avenfield properties.