Chiniot mining contract case

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Lahore

Punjab’s former forestry minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sibtain Khan on Friday sought exemption from personal appearance in an accountability court in Chiniot Mines and Minerals’ contract case. The accountability court conducted the hearing of the case related to the illegal contract case for extracting minerals in Chiniot. Sibtain Khan did not appear before the court and sought exemption from appearance through his counsel. During the hearing, the court questioned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor regarding the reason for not filing a corruption reference. The prosecutor told the court that preparation of the corruption reference has entered into its final phase and it will be filed after the formal approval of NAB chairman. Later, the court extended judicial remand of three co-accused person and adjourned the hearing till October 18. It is pertinent to mention here that the former Punjab Minister for Forestry.—INP