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LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore on Tuesday delivered summons for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra Raiwind residence in a road construction case.

NAB has summoned Mr Sharif on May 20 for allegedly misusing his authority for constructing a road leading to his residence (Jati Umra). Nawaz Sharif has been asked to appear before a combined investigation team of NAB Lahore and record his statement.

Earlier, the bureau had sent the PML-N Quaid a notice asking him to appear before its team on April 21 but he could not appear before it as he was in London to see his ailing wife.

In its earlier notice, NAB said: “Investigation has revealed that you [Nawaz Sharif] being the then prime minister illegally convened a meeting on March 15, 1998 regarding construction of the road from Adda Plot to Sundar Mill by utilising funds of Zila Council Lahore for your personal benefit.”

Mr Sharif is accused of giving “illegal direction” to the authorities concerned to enhance the width of the road from 20 feet to 24 feet for his “personal benefit” which resulted in cost escalation. “It has also been revealed that you exercised the authority which was not vested with you by passing illegal directions on the project funded by the Zila Council Lahore.”

Published in Dawn, May 16th, 2018