Pakistan's opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif arrested in corruption case

Pakistan Court remands opposition leader in graft case

Pakistan Court remands opposition leader in graft case

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hamza Shehbaz on Sunday called the arrest of Shehbaz Sharif by the National Accountability Bureau, "a joke with the nation".

Earlier, the accountability court had reserved its judgment on the NAB's plea to send the PML-N president on a 15-day physical remand, for his alleged involvement in the Rs.14 billion Ashiana Housing Scheme scam, reported Geo News.

The bureau was also investigating Sharif in the Saaf Pani case, Paragon Housing Society scandal and Punjab Power Company corruption cases.

The arrest of former Punjab chief minister followed shocking revelations of ex-principal secretary to PM, Fawad Hasan Fawad, who has become an approver in the cases against Shehbaz Sharif.

During today's meeting, the party leadership termed the arrest of former Punjab chief minister, just days ahead of October 14 by-polls, as "unacceptable".

The PML-N leader was transported to the court in an armored vehicle amid tight security.

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In his statement before the accountability court, Shehbaz said the Ashiana case was politically motivated, adding that he had not committed corruption of even a single penny. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text.

The Sharifs' party accused the new government of using the anti-corruption agency for political victimisation. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said, "We have requisitioned the NA session after consultation with the opposition parties' leaders".

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Chaudhry said: "Others involved in big cases should also be arrested".

Shah condemned Shehbaz's arrest and said that the opposition leader is an integral part of the parliament. 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.

It was the first high-profile arrest in a corruption case since former cricket star Imran Khan became prime minister following July's elections.

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