NAB launches fresh inquiry against Usman Buzdar

By: News Desk      Published: 04:28 PM, 21 Aug, 2020
NAB launches fresh inquiry against Usman Buzdar

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday launched a new investigation into contracts allotted during tenure of current Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar.

According to sources, the anti-graft watchdog has sought record from Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) and other departments in this regard.

The Bureau has also directed the concerned authorities to submit details of key development projects' contracts. 

Earlier, CM Buzdar had appeared before NAB Lahore office in a case of allegedly issuing liquor licence to a hotel in violation of the law.

Usman Buzdar handed over all the documents regarding issuance of liquor licence to the anti-corruption bureau and said, "I don't know anything as I am not prepared. Give me time to think and answer these questions".

Meanwhile, former director general (DG) Excise Akram Ashraf Gondal also recorded his statement and claimed he had informed Chief Minister Office that issuance of the liquor licence will be against the policy and rules as NOCs were not complete.

However, he approved the licence on the request of then Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Raheel Ahmed Siddiqui.

Former DG Excise Akram Ashraf Gondal had also submitted an application to

become approver in the case.–INP