N to constitute committee for consultations over Shehbaz's arrest: Marriyum

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

Friday arrest of Sharif by agents of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Lahore involved corruption in a low-priced housing scheme when Sharif was Chief Minister of Punjab province.

The NAB, which arrested the PML-N president yesterday, had sought a 15-day remand to investigate his alleged involvement in the multi-billion rupees corruption case.

The watchdog alleged that the leader of the opposition provided contracts on high rates to unqualified companies of his friends.

The National Accountability Bureau in a statement Friday said it arrested Sharif after questioning him for several hours at its office in Lahore, the capital of the eastern province of Punjab.

Hundreds of PML-N supporters gathered outside the court, chanting pro-Sharif slogans as police and soldiers guarded the venue.

Police officers secure an armored vehicle carrying Pakistani opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif leaving following his court appearance in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

His brother, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison by the same agency after the Supreme Court removed him from power.

The arrest drew condemnation from Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party, which said the government was targeting Sharif for political reasons.

'We have asked the speaker to convene the session soon, ' said Sadiq and added that the arrest was a bid to influence the elections.

The court approved a remand of 10 days, and ordered that Shahbaz be produced before the court again on October 16. Khursheed Shah and Asfandyar Wali warned the government to avoid political victimisation and arm-twisting of the opposition parties which is not good for the system.

The Bureau quizzed Sharif regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy company for a survey of the Saaf Pani company.

"All know that the PTI government is responsible for this revenge", he said. Like other citizens, Shahbaz Sharif is also answerable to law.

Shehbaz was arrested by NAB on Friday in the Ashiana Iqbal housing scheme case.

He claimed that the national exchequer had not suffered the loss of "even a single penny" in the case in which Shahbaz was arrested today.

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