Shehbaz Sharif was presented in an accountability court in Lahore Saturday and got arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case during the hearing.
Shehbaz, who has been in NAB’s custody since October 5 in connection to the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case, was flown from Islamabad to Lahore earlier today for his court appearance.
The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly was presented before an accountability court as his transit remand ended today.
During the hearing, NAB prosecutor said, “We are arresting Shehbaz today on November 10 in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.”
However, Shehbaz’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz said, “The new request that has been submitted in court has been filed on the wrong basis.”
“The law states that a man who has been arrested in one case will be considered arrested in other cases as well,” he added.
At this, the NAB prosecutor said, “The new case is different and we have evidence in the ongoing case.”
Earlier, the NAB prosecutor requested the court for a 15-day extension in Shehbaz’s physical remand. Shehbaz’s counsel, however, cited examples of various court judgments and opposed NAB’s request. “DG NAB Lahore Saleem Shahzad has become a party in Shehbaz’s case and has been giving interviews on different talks shows,” Pervaiz said. A large number of PML-N workers had gathered outside the court and security had been increased around the premises during the hearing.
On October 29, an accountability court had granted the PML-N president a three-day transit remand to attend National Assembly sessions. The leader of the opposition in NA was then flown to Islamabad and his Minister’s Enclave residence had been declared sub-jail.
An accountability court in Islamabad had on October 31 extended Shehbaz’s transit remand till November 6 and then till November 10.
As his transit remand ends today, Shehbaz was presented before an accountability court in Lahore.
NAB has accused Shehbaz of misusing his powers while being the chief minister of Punjab in an inquiry pertaining to Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC).