Khawaja brothers’ judicial remand extended

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday extended judicial remand of PML-N leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique for 12 days in Paragon Housing Society reference.

The court also ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to provide copies of the reference to the accused and directed to produce them again on August 20.

On April 26, NAB approved the filing of a reference against the Khawaja brothers and Nadeem Zia for the alleged corruption in the said case.

The decision was taken in a regional board meeting that was attended by NAB Lahore’s director-general and other seniors officials.

According to the press release, Qaiser Amin Butt, the director of Paragon Housing Society, was also included in the inquiry initiated by the NAB, and he was also arrested in November last year. Later, he agreed to turn approver against the Khawaja brothers and Zia.

Butt and Zia established a company, Air Avenue, in the year 2003; however, the name was later changed to Paragon City (Pvt) Limited.

On Feb 2, the court had rejected a request made by the NAB for another extension in the physical remand of the Khawaja brothers in the case and sent them on judicial remand.

On December 11, they were detained by the accountability watchdog after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected their bail plea.

The NAB had launched an investigation into the alleged scam in November last year after a number of victims staged protests and held a press conference at the Lahore Press Club against what they termed the housing society’s fraud.