NAB should thank me for saving Rs600m: Shehbaz

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Staff Reporter

The opposition leader in the National Assembly and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz appeared in an accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday in money laundering case.
On court’s query, Shehbaz Sharif complained about the medical board, saying they have not sent me a report about the check-up they did a few days ago. Then, Shehbaz said he wanted to talk about Chiniot Mines and Minerals project. “I saved Rs600

billion in that project which are very important,” he added. “The NAB may be right in saying that it had saved Rs600 billion but I was the first who tried to save this amount,” Shehbaz further said.
“The first phase of the project was worth Rs640 billion. The savings which I made belonged to this nation. The NAB should thank me for saving poor public’s money,” he added.
On this, the judge intervened, saying “I am not hearing this case. When the opportunity comes you can appear before the relevant court and tell it about it.”
During the last hearing, Shehbaz Sharif told the court that the Chiniot mineral reserves were estimated at over 4 billion dollars. He had said the current value of the reserves is 640 billion dollars. He said work on the first phase was underway. He said that

his actions would lead to the reserves being handed back to Punjab which would lead to the annulment of its debts and an end to poverty in the province. In 2010, a court order blocked the way of massive robbery on the nation’s resources, he said.

He stressed that he got billions of the nation back by cancelling the contract in 2008 and then awarding it in accordance with the law.