In a surprise, NAB withdraws petition from SC against Shahbaz Sharif bail cancellation

In a surprise, NAB withdraws petition from SC against Shahbaz Sharif bail cancellation

ISLAMABAD: *In a surprise, National Accountability Bureau withdraws petition from Supreme Court against Shahbaz Sharif bail cancellation.*

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken back its petition in the Supreme Court that challenged the bail to Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif in Ashiana Iqbal housing scam case.

The Supreme Court (SC) has wrapped up the petition against Shehbaz Sharif filed by the anti-corruption watchdog which sought the suspension of bail to the opposition leader in a case related to the Ashiana Iqbal housing scandal.

Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that bail cannot be suspended in prima facie case. He added that few people had spent many years in jail due to lack of progress in Ashiana case.

The NAB lawyer Naeem Bokhari told the court that Fawad Hasan Fawad, former principal secretary to the ex-prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, had taken money for the suspension of the agreement of Chaudhry Latif and Sons.

CJP questioned for the person who had forwarded the matter to the anti-corruption department. Bokhari replied that former chief minister Shehbaz Sharif had sent the matter to the department in order to pressurise Chaudhry Latif and Sons to oust the company from the contract.

The lawyer added that the case was primarily focused on administrative irregularities emerged in the report of the inquiry committee and the matter should be resolved there.

He said that former Punjab CM had constituted a committee under the supervision of the then provincial secretary finance which declared the contract in line with the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PEPRA) laws.