Shahbaz appears before SC two-member bench in Lahore

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Shahbaz appears before SC two-member bench in Lahore

ISLAMABAD: Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif appeared before the two-member bench of the Supreme Court in Lahore on Sunday in salary case of 56 public sector companies.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar reprimanded the former Chief Minister after he failed to satisfy the court regarding the hiring and payment of high salaries to heads of 56 public-sector private companies.

Shahbaz Sharif told the court that the relevant authorities and not himself had appointed these chief executives.

The chief justice rejecting the claim questioned the merit of the appointments, asking why such hefty amounts were paid to government officers.

The CJP said that tens of millions of rupees were invested in Punjab Saaf Pani Company but not a single drop of water was supplied.

Earlier, the CJP had ordered NAB to estimate the value of properties owned by the 56 chief executive officers under scrutiny.

During the hearing, the advocate general Punjab told the court that the chief minister had no direct connection with the companies.

Meanwhile, hearing Pakistan Liver and Kidney Transplant Institute' financial Irregularities Case ,Chief Justice  expressed anger over spending of a huge amount of twenty billion rupees on construction of the Institute building.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said illegal appointments were made for this Institute on hefty salaries.

He restricted the Head of Institute, Dr. Saeed Akhtar from going abroad without court's permission.

The Chief Justice also ordered forensic audit of expenditures on this Institute's building and sought a report within three weeks.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar visited the General Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Lahore on Sunday.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan also accompanied him.

They visited various wards of both the hospitals and examined the facilities available to patients there.

The Chief Justice also listened to problems of the patients and issued instructions to the concerned authorities on-the-spot.AP