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Saad Rafique, brother Salman taken into NAB custody in Paragon Housing scam case

LAHORE: Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique after their bail pleas were rejected by the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday.
The NAB prosecutor, after delivering his arguments before a two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Justice Tariq Abbasi, said that the brothers’ request for bail should be rejected by the court.
In his arguments, the bureau’s prosecutor said that NAB was conducting its investigation against the Khawaja brothers on the basis of the law and added that they were certainly linked to the Paragon Housing Society.
He said that Rafique’s wife had partnered with Qaisar Amin Butt in the housing scheme, and that the brothers had received money from the housing society.
“The Khawaja brothers have admitted that they took millions of rupees as commission,” the prosecutor said, adding that Saad’s brother-in-law was also a partner in the society.
“If money is earned through illegal means and still mention in tax returns, it doesn’t make it legitimate,” he contended.
The NAB prosecutor said that in a statement given to NAB, Shahid Butt had said that Saad used to come to every meeting and issue people allotment letters.
He stated that the inquiry against the two brothers had been started during the PML-N government.
“The NAB chairman has remained a judge. He doesn’t have an animosity against nor friendship with anyone. He works according to the law,” he said.

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