Court extends Shehbaz’s remand by 10 days

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LAHORE : An accountability court on Tuesday extended the remand of former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif by 10 days in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case.

Earlier, the court reserved its decision on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request for a 14-day extension in the PML-N president’s remand.

The accountability bureau presented Shehbaz before the court in Lahore today, after his 10-day remand in the housing scheme case ended.

Strict security arrangements were in place on routes leading to the court premises with blockades installed in several places as Shehbaz was presented in court. Citizens commuting to office and schools faced severe inconvenience.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president was transported to the court in a car with tinted windows. Shehbaz’s sons Hamza and Salman also reached the accountability court’s premises.

Speaking to the journalists outside the accountability court today, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Shehbaz had worked day and night for the development of Punjab.

“The number of security personnel deployed here [outside the court] is indicative of their fear,” she said.

On October 6, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrestedthe PML-N president in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case and presented him before an accountability court.

The anti-graft body had then been granted a 10-day physical remand of the former Punjab CM.

Corruption allegations

According to the anti-graft body, Shehbaz cancelled the contract awarded to M/s Ch A Latif & Sons for infrastructure development of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Project and awarded it to CASA Developers.

“The former Punjab chief minister misused his powers and his actions caused a huge loss to the national exchequer,” the NAB prosecutor had said.

However, Shehbaz denied the allegations as “false and baseless”.

‘Case was politically motivated’

Shehbaz told the court that the case against him “was made on political basis”.

“I saved billions through intervention in a personal capacity,” he said while rejecting NAB claims that he cause a huge loss to the national exchequer. “I saved Rs75 billion in Orange Line Train project.”

“I sacrificed my sleep and health to work day and night in order to serve the nation,” the former Punjab chief minister further said.

The PML-N president asserted, “I have not done corruption worth a single penny.”

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