In a huge turn of events, the Nat­ional Accountability Bureau (NAB) has brought Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Aug 12 for supposedly accepting Rs50 million in pay off to drive the Excise and Taxa­tion Department to give an alcohol permit to a lodging infringing upon the law. 

The ‘ambushed’ Buzdar as of late made sure about complete help from Prime Minis­ter Imran Khan to proceed as the CEO of Pun­jab in the midst of theory that he (the PM) is under pre­ssure from various quarters for his ‘total inability’ to oversee the most populated area of the nation. 

Seize on Thursday gave a call up notice to CM Buzdar, requesting that he appear before a combined investigation group on Aug 12 at its Thokar Niazbaig commonplace base camp. He has been approached to bring significant record with respect to endorsement of the alcohol permit to an inn infringing upon the guidelines/law. 

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As per sources, the under-development inn close to Lahore air terminal had applied to the Excise and Taxation Department for acquiring L-2 alcohol permit without first getting enrollment and permit from the Department of Tourist Services, Punjab, under the Pakistan Hotels and Resta­urant Act 1976 and the Rules 1977 with a 4/5 star rating. 

They said the state of 4/5 star rating was basic for getting L-2 alcohol permit after the central clergyman in 2009 endorsed a strategy which limited award of L-2 alcohol permit just to inns having 4/5 star rating. 

The Excise and Taxation Department allowed permit to the lodging being referred to in 2019 infringing upon the CM Policy 2009 and without enrollment of the inn from the Department of Tourist Services Punjab, they said. 

“The most glaring part of this infringement is that the Excise and Taxation Department had alluded the issue to CM Buzdar naming the endorsement against the CM Policy 2009 yet it (division) was requested (by the CM office) to give the permit to the inn being referred to whose proprietor happens to be a compelling individual,” a source told Dawn. 

“In spite of having the information about the affectability of the issue, as featured by the office concerned on numerous occasions, the central priest office determinedly neglected to practice legitimate power to forestall the issuance of illicit L-2 permit to the inn,” he said and furthermore uncovered that an entirety of Rs50million had been given to a “relative of Buzdar” to complete this activity. 

The report about NAB’s bringing Buzdar in a defilement case has created ‘energy’ among the PTI positions that were prior engaged with the battle to expel him. 

The NAB’s activity against a prominent PTI man comes after the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Paragon Housing case in which it saw that “the bureau appears to be hesitant in continuing against individuals on one side of the political gap even in regard of financial tricks of gigantic proportion.”


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