LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday accepted Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif’s request for bail in the Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases.
Shahbaz was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore in connection with the Ashiana Housing case in October 5, 2018.
The former Punjab chief minister had been charged with misuse of authority by unlawfully assuming powers of the board of directors of the Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC), and awarding a contract to an ineligible proxy firm that resulted in the failure of the housing scheme. The scam caused a loss to the public exchequer and deprived 61,000 applicants of houses.
Meanwhile, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday has decided to challenge release of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) President and Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif.
Sharif has been granted bail by Lahore High Court (LHC) against two surety bonds worth one million each in Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana Housing Scheme cases.
A two-member bench headed by Justice Malik Shehzad Ahmed heard the plea which had been opposed by NAB.
The court said in its remarks that the NAB failed to prove the allegations leveled against the PMLN president. Shehbaz Sharif never remained the chief executive of Ramzan Sugar Mills, LHC said.
Shehbaz Sharif’s response
While commenting on the verdict, Shehbaz Sharif said the truth prevailed once again and thanked God. We are appearing before courts and will continue to do so, he vowed. He once again claimed to leave politics if corruption is proved against him.
The PMLN president added that he had already said the cases are based on lies, and demanded that accountability of all should be held.
Former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has said he will be released till next Friday and if he is released he will proceed to Jati Umra.
The party leaders met Nawaz Sharif in Jail on Thursday. Senator Sajid Mir and senator Hafiz Abdul Karim met him. They prayed for early release of Nawaz Sharif.
Talking to party leaders Nawaz Sharif said he will released till next Friday. If he is set free then he will move to Jati Umra.
“I have been provided such a TV set where no news come. I have been deprive of watching court’s proceedings, he remarked.
PTI government is putting its name plates on our projects. Health card is PML-N project rather than –PTI government project, he held.