Pakistan anti-graft body arrests Shehbaz Sharif in housing scam

08 October, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Nawaz Sharif with his daughter Maryam

The Sharifs were first released on a five-day parole by the Punjab government after the death of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz on Sept 11 to allow them to attend her funeral. However, Islamabad's High Court last month suspended the jail term, and granted bail to the former three-time premier. "The NAB has arrested former Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif in the Ashiana company case", said a press release issued by NAB. About the performance of the PTI government, Imran said that till 100 days, it would complete its work in setting the future line of action, directions and road map, after which anyone may ask questions about its performance.

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Saturday granted a 10-day remand of opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif to the country's top anti-graft body in a Rs 1,400 crore housing scam, the latest setback to the embattled Sharif family.

Mr Sharif had previously held a number of informal and formal meetings with the party leaders at his Jati Umra residence in Raiwind before leaving for the United Kingdom with his daughter Maryam on June 14 to look after his ailing wife who had been under treatment at a London hospital.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested former chief minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif following startling revelations by his ex-secretary implementation Fawad Hassan Fawad in Ashiana Housing scam. The body is expected to seek Shehbaz Sharif's remand.

Shahbaz was apprehended during his appearance before NAB in Saaf Pani Company scam.

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Naeemul Haq, a leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), said he was not aware of the facts regarding the former Punjab chief minister's reported arrest.

Pakistan Peoples Party leader Khursheed Shah condemned the arrest, calling it an insult to Parliament.

Senior party leaders including Prime Minister Azad Jammu Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Chaudhry Sher Ali, Ameer Muqam and Engineer Khurram Datagir Khan along with others were also present at the meeting. They informed the speaker that a requisition for convening the session had already been submitted to the NA Secretariat.

The PML-N huddle will also focused on what the party refers to as "politics of revenge". The PPP chairman said his party had no issues with accountability, but there must be no political victimisation in the name of accountability.

"Joint opposition will be protesting against Shehbaz's arrest soon", he added.

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