Pakistan's opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif remanded for 10 days in corruption case

Nawaz Sharif with his daughter Maryam

Nawaz Sharif with his daughter Maryam

Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday passed a resolution in the Punjab Assembly, condemning party president Shehbaz Sharif's arrest in connection with his alleged involvement in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.

Shehbaz, who is the brother of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was summoned by the NAB on Wednesday for investigations in the scandal.

SWABI: PML-N activists staged protest at Karnal Sher Khan Chowk against the arrest of party president Shahbaz Sharif by NAB. The arrest came a little over a week ahead of the by-polls scheduled for October 14.

Accountability Court judge Najamul Hasan accepted the request of the NAB prosecutor's plea and granted Shahbaz's physical remand for 10 days to interrogate him in the case.

Shehbaz Sharif, who recently lost the Pakistan General elections to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Prime Minister Imran Khan, has been accused of providing illegal contracts to the Saaf Pani company.

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The delegation, comprising of PML-N, JUI and JI leaders, visited the speaker at his Islamabad residence where they submitted a requisition to call the assembly session as soon as possible after Shehbaz Sharif's arrest. The PPP chairman said his party had no issues with accountability, but there must be no political victimisation in the name of accountability. Shehbaz Sharif is being probed in other corruption cases as well. He has fled to the United Kingdom and the NAB has written to the interior ministry to bring him back from overseas through Interpol.

Salman Shehbaz and key members of the Sharif family were also present during the meeting.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said neither government land nor funds were used in Ashiana Housing Scheme.

Since then, Mr Sharif stayed away from media and political activities and the party leaders defended him by claiming that presently he was in a state of mourning over the death of his wife and that he would soon start his political activities.

An accountability court in July sentenced the former leader and his daughter to 10-year and seven-year terms in prison, respectively, over the purchase of luxury apartments in London in the 1990s. Nawaz Sharif was released from prison last month pending an appeal against his conviction.

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