LAHORE - National Accountability Bureau, Punjab, has summoned former premier Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case on April 21, a document available with The Nation revealed Friday.

A letter addressed to Nawaz Sharif says, “The investigation has revealed that you, being the prime minister, illegally convened a meeting on March 15, 1998, regarding construction of the road from Adda Plot to Sundar Mull by utilising the funds of Zila Council, Lahore, for your personal benefit. In this context, you are required to explain your position.”

“The subject investigation has revealed that you illegally directed expansion of the width of the said road from 20 feet to 24 feet for your personal benefits, which resulted in cost escalation. You exercised the authority which was not vested in you by passing illegal directions on the project funded by Zila Council, Lahore.”

The letter further said: “You, being the then prime minister, misused your authority by way of initiating the project for your personal benefits in connivance with your real brother Shehbaz Sharif, the then Punjab chief minister. Due to your illegal directions, the Zila council had to drop various other projects of public welfare at the cost of the said project for which you were the main beneficiary.”

The letter further stated the former prime minister used his undue influence on local administration for the project in connivance with his brother Shehbaz Sharif.

“You are, therefore, called upon to appear in person on April 21, 2018, at 11am at NAB Complex, Thokar Niaz Beg, Lahore, before a combined investigation team to record your plea along with relevant record,” the letter concluded.

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The letter speaks, “An inquiry against Ikram Naveed, ex-CFO, PPDCL, has revealed that that you are in possession of information/evidence which relates to the commission of the offence.  You are hereby called upon to appear on April 16, 2018, at 2pm at Thokar Niaz Beg NAB office.