CM Punjab Buzdar summoned by SC in mega projects corruption case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court summoned Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday in connection to its suo motu notice and hearing on awarding of contracts to private companies on mega projects in the province with inclinations of favoritism, systematic corruption and work delays.

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Resuming hearing of the case, the apex court summoned the chief minister at 4pm today.

Punjab Metro Bus Authority Managing Director Sibtain Fazal Haleem, who appeared before the court today, said there was no need to summon the chief minister and that the concerned parties would resolve the matter among themselves.

To this, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar who headed the bench hearing the case, instructed all the parties involved to hold a meeting within the court premises and inform the bench by 2pm.

During a previous hearing of the case on Friday, the chief justice had expressed anger over Orange Line Metro Train scheme lying incomplete in Lahore, and sought a time frame for its completion.

The chief justice had remarked that the people of Lahore were facing immense difficulties because of the project lying incomplete. To this, a representative of Habib Construction Services had informed the bench that more than 90% work on the project had been completed.

The chief justice had previously observed that there were serious complaints that all the contracts of mega projects had been awarded to a select few and they were found involved in most of the mega projects under construction and/or completed within the past 10 years.

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