NAB summons Nawaz in Jang group owner case

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Sunday summoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before it on March 20 in the case against Jang group owner Mir Shalikur Rehman.

According to NAB, Nawaz Sharif had illegally leased 54-kanal land to Jang group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman in 1986 and he was summoned to record his statement in the case. Nawaz Sharif is at present in London for treatment after having been granted bail on medical grounds.

Some five days ago, NAB had arrested the Jang group owner in the 34-year-old case relating to the 54-kanal land allegedly acquired illegally during the tenure of then Punjab chief minister Nawaz Sharif.

According to NAB, Mr Rehman has been arrested in connection with “alleged illegal exemption of 54 plots [each measuring one kanal] in H-block of Jauhar Town phase-II allotted to him being the holder of general power of attorney on behalf of Hidayat Ali and Hikmat Ali by the then Punjab chief minister [Nawaz Sharif in 1986] in violation of the relevant laws/rules”.