N pass resolution condemning Shehbaz Sharifs arrest

N pass resolution condemning Shehbaz Sharifs arrest

N pass resolution condemning Shehbaz Sharifs arrest

An accountability court in Lahore on Saturday granted the country's anti-graft body a 10-day physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) President Shehbaz Sharif in a housing scam case.

Similar corruption charges have been brought against Sharif's brother, ex-premier Nawaz Sharif who was arrested 10 days before the July 25 general election.

For his part, according to local media, Shahbaz told the court Saturday that he didn't do any corruption and demanded an open court trail.

"Shahbaz Sharif on Friday appeared before an investigation team of the National Accoun tability Bureau Lahore". The arrest comes a little over a week ahead of the by-polls scheduled for October 14.

They said that they were waiting for the party leader's call in this regard.

The NAB asserts that as chief minister of Punjab from 2013-2018, he unduly influenced authorities into awarding "contracts for a government-run housing program for low-income citizens to a company with which he had political affiliations" in 2014.

Shahbaz, the PML-N president, was detained by NAB officials and his auto along with his private staff who accompanied him as security were sent away. Sharif's defence lawyer rejected the NAB's assertions as "baseless".

Earlier, Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz briefed Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence about the case against their father.

Maryam Nawaz was also present in the meeting between the PML-N supremo and Shehbaz's sons.

Khursheed Shah, the leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, condemned the arrest, saying it was an "insult of the Pakistan's parliament", and accusing the Khan government of "taking revenge from the Sharif family whereas, Khan has failed in its initial months of the government".

PML-N Spokesperson, Marriyum Aurangzeb says arrest of Shahbaz Sharif by NAB is an act of political vengeance.

"This is the latest example of the Army, judiciary, NAB, and the PTI government working in tandem to target our party leadership", a PML-N leader told Asia Times.

In November 2017, NAB had launched a thorough probe into the affairs of the 56 public-sector companies formed by Shahbaz administration in Punjab for their alleged involvement in corruption.

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