Court extends judicial remand of five in PSPC case

PSPC was one of the 56 companies formed by the PML-N government in Punjab

Muhammad Shahzad August 10, 2018
Former SGPC chief sent on judicial remand. STOCK IMAGE

LAHORE : An accountability court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of five accused persons in Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC) Case for 18 days.

The court issued orders to present the accused identified as Nasir Qadir, Dr Zaheer-ul-Din, Muhammad Saleem, Masood Akhtar and Khalid Nadeem before the court again on August 27.

The accused person Nasir Qadir remained appointed as chief procurement officer in PSPC. Dr Zaheerul Din remained appointed as procurement and contract specialist. The accused persons Muhammad Masood Akhtar has worked as managing director in the company.

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was investigating the allegations of corruption in the case. According to NAB investigations, the accused persons had caused loss of millions of rupees.

They had installed 116 water filtration plants in Bahawalpur region on exuberant rates. They had also fabricated the record of the installation of the plants.

Punjab Saaf Pani Company was one of the 56 companies formed by the Government of Punjab during the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.  NAB was investigating after receiving complaints of irregularities, nepotism, corruption, and misuse of authority in the companies.

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan had taken up the case of PSPC in suo moto notice. During apex court proceedings, it had come forth that PSPC had failed to produce even a single drop of clean drinking water despite spending of millions of rupees.

It was also revealed that illegal postings to facilitate political bigwigs and bureaucrats were also made. NAB had also arrested PML-N leader Raja Qamarul Islam.

It had also summoned multiple times former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, his son Hamza Shehbaz and his son-in-law Imran Ali Yousaf in the investigations’ proceedings. Few days ago, an accountability court had declared Imran Ali Yousaf proclaimed offender in the case.


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