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NAB arrests Shahid Shafiq on Ahad Cheema’s identification

LAHORE ( Muslim Times) – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested another person, named Shahid Shafiq, over corruption allegation after identification by ex-DG of LDA Ahad Cheema.

Shafiq was arrested by NAB in the investigation of Ashiana Housing Scheme. He is the chief executive of Bismillah Engineering Company.

The company was given a contract of Rs 12 billion despite being in C-4 category.

Sources told that PMS officers was threatened over not showing up in the protests by senior bureaucracy.

NAB has obtained important record of former Director General (DG) of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal.

Sources told that details regarding mobile phone calls and emails have also been taken while the bureau has also sought expert’s assistance to recover the data.

Cheema was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from the MM Alam Road in Lahore over corruption allegations regarding taking 32 kanal land as a bribe. He had not appeared before the NAB despite several summon.

Punjab government protested against the arrest Cheema, referring that NAB abused its powers. However, PTI Chairman Imran Khan called Cheema the front man of Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif.

 Recently promoted to grade-20, Cheema is an officer of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and currently serving as CEO of Quaid-i-Azam Thermal Power Company (QATPC), a Punjab government-owned company.

He hails from Hafizabad-based agricultural family, and started his career in 2005 as project coordinator of ex-Punjab CM Pervaiz Ellahi’s ‘Parah Likha Punjab’ initiative.

Opposition leaders in Punjab Assembly had staged a symbolic walkout on the promotion given to Cheema after his arrest by NAB.

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