AC seeks a year time for Ashiana reference trial

From Abid Usman

LAHORE: Accountability court on Friday has sought one-year time for the trial of Ashiana Housing reference against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif.
According to details, accountability judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry has written a letter to Lahore High Court (LHC), stating that statements of five witnesses have been recorded so far while more time is required for the conclusion of the case. It is to be mentioned here that the LHC had directed the accountability court to wrap up the trial of the reference in three months.
NAB had arrested Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme scam on October 5 and later released on bail. The former chief minister was charged with awarding illegal contracts to his favorite firm.
He was apprehended during his appearance before NAB in Saaf Pani Company scam. Sources told that three files were tabled before him. The bureau quizzed Sharif regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy company for a survey of the Saaf Pani company. The PML-N president had failed to satisfy the probing team of the bureau during the investigation and was ultimately arrested.