August 30, 2017
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Wednesday responded to allegations of corruption in the Multan Metro Bus Project leveled by ARY News and said evidence be provided.
The news channel had alleged that Rs3 billion was taken in kickbacks from the project.
Sharif, addressing a news conference in Lahore, named anchors Arshad Sharif, Sami Abraham, and Arif Hameed Bhatti who spread what he said was “false information.”
“I initially ignored this and relevant officials of the government of Punjab responded to these allegations."
“However, after some ‘serious channels’ also began commenting and reporting about this, I decided to speak up.”
He said ARY has alleged that a Chinese and a Pakistani company were given sub-contracts directly or indirectly.
Investigations revealed that the Pakistani company named by the channel does not exist.
"There were nine different companies involved in the Metro project and all certified that no sub-contract was awarded by them to any company."
Sharif also denied issuing any certificate of appreciation to the Chinese company.
Photo: Twitter (@m_shahbazsharif)
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