Paragon Housing Scandal: Court extends Khawaja Brothers' remand till July 16

Paragon Housing Scandal - Court extends Khawaja Brothers remand till July 16
Lahore: The Accountability Court on Thursday has extended the remand of former railway’s minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in Paragon Housing Society scam till July 16.

As the hearing resumed, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced Salman and Saad to the court amid tight security.

At the outset of the hearing, NAB presented its report on other three accused in the case, namely; Nadeem Zia, Umar Zia and Farhan Ali.

The report revealed that the suspects were intentionally hiding to avoid being arrested.

When inquired by the court, NAB prosecutor said that new addresses were being traced to apprehend the three suspects.

The court then gave the go-ahead to initiate proceedings to term Farhan, Nadeem and Umar Zia as proclaimed offenders and extended Khawaja brothers’ remand for five days till July 16.

The NAB launched investigation into the alleged embezzlement and corruption in Paragon Housing Society when the case related to Asiana scheme was being probed.

It had emerged during the probe that a dubious deal for exchange of land over 40 kanal was also made between Ashiana and Paragon.

On April 17, the involvement of Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman in the Paragon City was exposed. It also surfaced that both brother had links with housing scheme’s chief executive Nadeem Zia.

Accrding to details, Khawaja brother signed an agreement with Paragon City regarding the sale of land worth over Rs393 million.