Lahore: On Monday, a court of accountability found two accused guilty of defrauding a cooperative housing scheme.

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The court sentenced retired Maj Zulfiqar Ali, the former secretary general of the Punjab Small Industries Cooperative Society, to 14 years in prison and a fine of Rs. 740 million, as well as Asghar Suleman, a former member of the society’s management committee, to seven years in prison and a fine of Rs. 3.5 million.

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According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the accused defrauded the general public by selling them illegitimate land in the guise of the housing organisation. The NAB had filed a reference in 2008 against three suspects. The third suspect namely Asad Manzoor was declared absconder by the trial court.

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