The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday arrested Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif in another case pertaining to Ramzan Sugar Mills.
Shehbaz has been in NAB custody in the Aashiana Housing Scheme case and has been on physical remand. His remand ended on Friday and was presented before the accountability court by NAB authorities on Saturday for an extension in his remand.
The accountability watchdog had sought a fifteen days remand from the court. The accountability court complied with NAB’s request and approved Shehbaz’s physical remand by 14 days in the Aashiana Housing Scheme case.
According to details, a bridge amounting to Rs500 million was built to facilitate the Ramzan Sugar Mills. It is alleged, that Shehbaz during his tenure as the chief minister of Punjab, issued illegal orders for the construction of the bridge.
NAB Prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua informed the court of Shehbaz’s arrest in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case, Express News reported.
The opposition leader appeared in court after his physical remand – extended twice – ended today and was accompanied by officials from the National Accountability Bureau’s Lahore office.
The anti-graft watchdog had previously summoned Shehbaz’s sons Salman and Hamza Shehbaz, the directors of the mill, for investigations. Salman instead of appearing before NAB left abroad, while Hamza could not give satisfactory answers regarding the case.
Security was beefed up around the court premises and routes leading to the judicial complex were blocked by containers. Scores of PML-N workers clashed with police personnel after being barred from reaching the court.
Police baton-charged political workers to regain control over the situation and disperse the protesters.
Last month, remand of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif was extended till November 7 by an accountability court in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case.
The country’s top accountability watchdog had arrested the former Punjab chief minister over his alleged involvement in the multi-billion rupee housing scheme scam.
Shehbaz was produced before accountability judge Anjumul Hasan amid heavy security. During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) prosecutor asserted that the bureau needed to detain the opposition leader for further investigation.
Shehbaz alleged during the day’s proceedings that NAB authorities had refused him access to his family. Stressing upon his medical condition, the PML-N president said he was a cancer patient and the anti-graft watchdog has yet to respond to his request for a blood test and medical checkup.
The PML-N chief also recalled being arrested by NAB Lahore when he was summoned to record his statement before a combined investigation team in connection with the Punjab Saaf Pani Company case. “It has been 25 days since I was arrested.”