NAB rebuts Punjab Govt, bureaucracy allegations, arrest closed aide of Ahad Cheema, Shahid Shafiq

LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau has issued a press statement defying Punjab’s government, bureaucracy allegations hurled against NAB for being impartial, NewsOne reported.

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The NAB spokesman added that all legal measures were taken into consideration while arresting Ahad Cheema, former Director Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in Ashiyana Housing Scheme scandals.

NAB asserted that with all constraints the anti-graft body is working with complete transparency and will not be influenced by pressure tactics being displayed by Punjab cabinet and Bureaucracy.

NAB also distanced otself from any political affiliation.

On Wednesday Ahad Cheema a 20 grade officer, considered to be a close aide of chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif was arrested after failing to appear before NAB after 2 summons.

However on Friday, few bureaucrat officers had held a protest against the arrest of Cheema by National Accountability Court, as few officers had locked down their respective offices in Punjab’s secretariat. Sources informed.

Civil-servants view the arrest of Cheema who is also considered to be a close aide of chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif as unconstitutional.

On Thursday, Punjab’s government spokesman Malik Muhammad also lambasted the NAB officials for nabbing Ahad Cheema, saying that there is no precedent in the recent past where the accused is nabbed for not complying to summons dispatched by NAB authorities to appear before them.

Ahad Cheema was arrested on Wednesday for corruption charges in Ashiyana Housing Scheme scandal, as the former did not comply to NAB summons to appear before them.

Meanwhile NAB has arrested close aide of Ahad Cheema, Shahid Shafiq today, claim sources.

NAB was successful in making the arrest carried out on the tip given by Ahad Cheema who is currently under Interrogation.

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