Accountability court on Friday has sought one-year time for the trial of Ashiana Housing reference against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif. According to details, accountability judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry has written a letter to Lahore High Court (LHC), stating that statements of five witnesses have been recorded so far while more time is required for the conclusion of the case. It is to be mentioned here that the LHC had directed the accountability court to wrap up the trial of the reference in three months.NAB had arrested Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme scam on October 5 and later released on bail. The former chief minister was charged with awarding illegal contracts to his favorite firm. He was apprehended during his appearance before NAB in Saaf Pani Company scam. Sources told that three files were tabled before him. The bureau quizzed Sharif regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy company for a survey of the Saaf Pani company.The PML-N president had failed to satisfy the probing team of the bureau during the investigation and was ultimately arrested. The anti-graft watchdog had claimed that the company did not conduct any kind of survey but nevertheless was provided a lucrative sum of Rs 1.5 billion.Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s principal secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad became an approver in the case. Fawad Hassan Fawad, in his statement before NAB, had claimed that he had awarded a contract to a “favourite firm” in the Rs14 billion Ashiana Housing project at the behest of Shahbaz Sharif. The anti-graft agency said that the contract for the housing scheme was won by a construction company titled Chaudhry Latif and Sons but Sharif cancelled it and later on awarded the contract to Lahore Casa Developers – a proxy group of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited, which is said to be owned by ex-Railways Minister Saad Rafique”.