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Islamabad (August 30, 2018): The Apex Court on Thursday summoned Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in connection to its suo motu notice on awarding of contracts to private companies in mega projects in the province.

The apex court summoned the chief minister at 4pm today.

Managing Director Punjab Metro Bus Authority, Sibtain Fazal Haleem, who appeared before the top court today, said there was no need to summon the chief minister and that the concerned parties would resolve the matter among themselves.To this, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar who headed the bench hearing the case, instructed all the parties involved to hold a meeting within the court premises and inform the bench by 2pm.

Earlier on July 29, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar referred the Punjab Companies case to NAB and ordered to recover the hefty salary amount from CEOs.

The case was heard by a three-member bench of Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice in Lahore.

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Chief Secretary Punjab, DG NAB and CEOs of all Punjab Companies were present in the court.

Chief Justice also heard the illegal appointment case of Vice Chancellor Lahore College of Women University, Dr. Uzma and dismissed her from the post.He ordered the appointment of a senior professor as a provisional VC and appointment of a permanent one within one month.

Earlier on March 24, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice of the high salaries of officers working in 56 companies of Punjab.

During the hearing at the apex court Lahore registry, the CJP sought details of the matter from Punjab Chief Secretary.

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The chief justice said that the country should not be handed over to contractors like the East India Company and no one would be allowed to distribute the country’s resources like that.The chief secretary informed the court that the Punjab government had constituted 50 companies.

To this, the chief justice said that they had handed everything to the private sector.“Leave the government if you cannot work with diligence. We will not let the public money go waste,” he remarked and added that the highest officer of the provincial government i.e Chief secretary is taking around Rs 200,000 and the former employees appointed in these companies are charging more salaries even that of from the high court judge.

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