Shahbaz Sharif remanded to NAB custody for 10 days

07 October, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Trevor Moore
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An accountability court on Saturday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a 10-day physical remand of former Punjab Chief Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in the Ahsiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.

"NAB Lahore has arrested former chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in Aashyana company case".

Scores of party leaders, meanwhile, had earlier gathered outside the Accountability Court in Lahore, chanting slogans in favour of Shehbaz.

Pakistan's opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested here on Friday afternoon by the country's anti-graft body in an alleged corruption case, an official statement said.

An anti-corruption court in July sentenced Nawaz Sharif in absentia to 10 years over properties his family allegedly owned in Britain, following revelations in the Panama Papers.

Sadiq also telephoned former opposition leader Khursheed Shah of the PPP and requested him to support the requisition.

However, Shehbaz denied the allegations as "false and baseless" and his counsels opposed the NAB prosecutor's request to send him on a physical remand.

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"The government shouldn't put the burden of its incompetence on Shahbaz Sharif", the elder Sharif said.

PML-N has made a decision to constitute a committee to hold consultations over the arrest of party President Shehbaz Sharif.

Shahbaz's son-in-law Ali Imran Yousuf is also facing corruption inquiries in this case. It shows that the accountability body had failed to gather actionable evidence to seek a sentence of its choice despite the investigation in Ashiana Housing scam having started nearly a year back. "PTI is responsible for this political victimisation and should be ready to reap what it is sowing today", he said.

"It's common knowledge that this is the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government taking revenge".

"They can not arrest the leader of the opposition in this manner", Tarar said.

Nawaz is facing two more corruption cases filed by the NAB on the Supreme Court's order following the Panama Papers scandal.

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