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Opposition Stages Walkout in PA Against Ahad Cheema Promotion

Lahore (February 23, 2018): Opposition in Punjab Assembly on Friday staged a symbolic walkout, asking why former Director General (DG) of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema, accused of corruption in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal, was given promotion.

Cheema was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from the MM Alam Road in Lahore over corruption allegations regarding taking 32 kanal land as a bribe. He had not appeared before the NAB despite several summon.

On the other hand, DMG workers closed their offices on the directives of Additional Chief Sectretary Umar Rasool in protest against the detention of Ahad Cheema.Ashiana Case: Former DG LDA Sent On 14-Day RemandDuring the meeting with Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, the officers demanded to release Cheema, saying that if the arrest is necessary then he should be nabbed in proper way.

Earlier, accountability court had handed over Ahad Cheema to NAB on an 11-day physical remand.

The accused was brought in strict security in the accountability court. The prosecutor accused him during the proceedings that the former DG LDA had made assets of millions and his assets are beyond his known income sources.

He also accused Cheema of illegal use of his powers.

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He asked for remand of the accused to further probe in the case. The court accepted the plea and sent Ahad Cheema on 14-days remand. The court also directed to present former DG on March 05.

On Wednesday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Lahore Development Authority (LDA) former director general Ahad Cheema in relation to the Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal.

The bureau has been conducting an inquiry against the officials of the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC), Lahore Casa Developers, Lahore Development Authority and others, said a notification issued by NAB Lahore.

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The aim of the Ashiana housing scheme – an initiative of the Punjab government, was to provide economical and adequate residential facilities to the people with low-incomes and the government had invested Rs2 billion while acquiring 672 canals of land in the Multani Harlan area near Darbar Baba Noor Shah.Earlier Ahad Cheema has appeared before NAB second times but he didn’t appear on the third call. Later NAB ordered to take action according to schedule 2 and he has been arrested from Punjab Power company office located at M.M Alam Road. He has been shifted to the NAB office.

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