On Thursday, the Lahore High Court was informed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) that it had decided to drop its investigation into the issuing of a liquor licence to former Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar.
The event took place when a two-memver LHC bench, presided over by Ali Baqar Najafi, was considering a plea submitted by a private hotel.
The prosecutor for NAB informed the court that NAB’s regional board had recommended to NAB’s chairman that the investigation against the former chief minister be closed.
At today’s opening hearing, Ajaz Awan, counsel for the private hotel to whom the liquor licence was awarded, told the judges that a high court’s single-judge bench had deemed the issuing of the licence to be legal.
The lawyer argued that the probe had been going on for three years without accomplishing anything and asked the judge to put a stop to it.
“This probe cannot proceed under the NAB amendment statute,” the attorney stated.
Following the NAB’s answer, the judge dismissed the case.
An accountability court on December 5 extended the temporary bail of the former chief minister of Punjab in the liquor licence issue till December 19.
It’s worth noting that the previous chief minister of Punjab was under NAB investigation for illegally awarding a liquor licence to a hotel that was still under construction at the time.