LAHORE -  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Punjab has summoned Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Fawad Hassan Fawad in an inquiry against management of Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC).

The Bureau called him to appear before the combined investigation team (CIT) of NAB on Thursday (today) and answer the questions.

A letter issued to Fawad, and available with The Nation, says, “Whereas the competent authority has taken the cognizance of an offence committed under the provision of NAO 1999.

Inquiry has revealed that you are in possession of information and evidence regarding award and cancellation of contract in respect of Ashiana-e-Iqbal Project launched by PLDC”.

Sources in NAB said that M/s Latif and M/s Conpro were two competitors in Ashiana-e-Iqbal bidding process, however, contract was awarded to M/s Latif being lowest. After award of contract, CM office with intentions to oust the winning contractor, initiated inquiry.

Sources further claimed that being secretary to Punjab CM Fawad called project director Of Ashiana-e-Iqbal in his office and threatened him and under the garb of allegations of wrong doings in the award of contract of Ashiana-e-Iqbal to M/s Latif and Sons asked him to cancel this contract illegally.

Project Director Moazzam Ali revealed in his statement that Fawad also called PLDC CEO in his office when he was present there.

He further stated that contract to be awarded to M/s Conpro the complainant firm and Fawad pressurised PLDC CEO for cancellation of contracted firm M/s Latif and Sons ,in last days of government (March 2013).

A NAB officer seeking anonymity said that Fawad was being called as he is privy to certain facts of the case and need to be confronted with statements of other witnesses and record on above allegations.