LAHORE: PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the arrest warrants for former premier Nawaz Sharif saying this act of National Accountability Bureau is contempt of law and a blatant violation of the honourable court’s orders.
NAB has recently issued arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif in the land case involving Jang group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman. Nawaz is accused of allotting the land to Rehman in violation of rules when he was chief minister of Punjab in 1986.
MSR is nowadays in Camp Jail, Lahore on judicial remand till May 12. He was arrested on March 12.
Shahbaz Sharif said; “The Sharif family, Nawaz Sharif and PML-N have always followed the law. Nawaz Sharif is under medical treatment for which he went on the orders of the court with all legal requirements fulfilled which proves that this act by NAB is based purely on mala fide intention,” Shahbaz Sharif said in a statement issued here on Thursday.
The opposition leader in National Assembly said: “Imran Khan is making the entire nation pay for his obsession for political vengeance and victimisation. Issuing an arrest warrant for Nawaz in a 34-year-old case is the most unashamed proof of the NAB-Niazi unholy alliance”.
Meanwhile, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) summoned PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif again on June 2 in an investigation pertaining to alleged money laundering. The former Punjab chief minister appeared before the accountability watchdog today to respond to the questions related to the investigation.
According to NAB officials, the PML-N president was questioned for two hours. The NAB alleged that the PML-N leader did not give satisfactory answers in the investigation. Earlier, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had confirmed that former Punjab chief minister and PML-President Shehbaz Sharif will appear before the authority.
Earlier, the NAB had summoned Shahbaz twice in the said investigation, but hedidnt appear before the bureau. On April 22, Sharif had submitted his written reply, but the NAB considered it dissatisfactory and had asked him to appear in person before the NAB on May 4.
NAB had officially warned Sharif that a legal action will be taken against him if hedoesnt appear before the bureaus investigators on April 22 in the alleged money laundering investigation against him and his family members.
The bureau had assured Sharif that all social distancing measures would be adopted and investigators would only ask questions related to the alleged money laundering from a safe distance when he presented himself before the bureau for questioning.
Before that, Shahbaz had skipped appearance before NAB in money-laundering investigations, fearing that coronavirus could affect him as he was a 69-year-old cancer survivor and medical professionals had advised him to restrict his movement due to life-threatening risks.