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Saad Rafique, brother Salman arrested in Paragon City case.

PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique was arrested on Tuesday by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a case pertaining to Paragon City housing scheme.

The senior PML-N leader and his brother, Salman Rafique were arrested after their bail extension in the case was refused by the court.

Saad is also facing NAB inquiries in connection with Pakistan Railways and Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scheme scandals. His brother is also under investigation by NAB in the case.

Earlier in November, NAB shifted the accused director of Paragon Housing Society to Lahore. However, he was not presented before an accountability court for remand. The anti-graft body will produce him later as the transit remand had already been acquired by NAB.

Accused Qaiser Amin Butt, director of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited, was also arrested by NAB earlier. He was allegedly involved in the commission of the offence of corruption and corrupt practices in connivance with co-accused Nadeem Zia and others.

Amin, in connivance with Nadeem Zia and others, had launched an illegal housing scheme known as Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd in 2005 on the basis of forged and fabricated documents along with alleged approvals from TMA Aziz Bhatti Town, Lahore.

In 2013, all TMA approved housing schemes were transferred to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA). However, the record of Paragon Housing Scheme was intentionally not shifted to the LDA by the accused persons. Paragon City Housing Society has, so far, not been approved by the LDA. Thus, Amin, being the beneficial owner, was running the said housing scheme, unlawfully.

The funds collected from the general public were used for the personal benefits of the alleged accused persons instead of providing timely development and possession of plots to the allottees of Paragon City.

Main accused in Paragon Housing scam shifted to Lahore

In October, the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports (DGIP) had blacklisted Saad and his brother Salman Rafique on NAB's request.

Former PML-N lawmaker from Punjab Qaiser Amin Butt's name had also been added in the blacklist of the passport and immigration department, Express News reported.

Passport office blacklists Saad Rafique, brother on NAB's appeal

According to a notification issued by the passport office, all three individuals will not be granted passport facilities without prior approval of the directorate general.

Saad Rafique, brother approach IHC fearing arrest

DG NAB Lahore had requested the DGIP to blacklist the passports of the PML-N leaders. The corruption watchdog had also submitted an application to put their names on the Exit Control List (ECL).

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Publication:The Express Tribune (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 11, 2018
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