LAHORE: A Lahore accountability court on Tuesday granted 14-day physical remand of PML-N President and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to National Accountability Bureau(NAB) in money laundering case.
Accountability court judge Jawad-ul-Hassan announced the decision and ordered that Opposition Leader be presented before the court again on October 13.
During the hearing, Shehbaz Sharif, while defending himself in the court, argued that justice is not being done due to NAB-Niazi nexus. My government did not reduce price of sugarcane in the Punjab nor any of our policies caused losses to farmers, he added.
A team of the national graft buster produced Shabaz shairf before the court amid tight security. The NAB prosecutor requested the court to grant physical remand of the PML-N leader for further investigation into the assets beyond means and money laundering case against him.
The prosecutor stated before the court that the bureau needs Shehbazs custody for interrogation about important matters. He added the accused refused to answer the questions put to him on Monday and quoted him as saying that he has told them all he had to tell.
On Monday, the NAB arrested Shehbaz after the Lahore High Court (LHC) denied him further extension in his interim bail. A NAB team arrested him from the courtroom and took him to the NAB Lahore headquarters amid tight security.
A large number of PML-N supporters who were present on the court premises to show solidarity with their party leader chanted slogans against the NAB and the government and clashed with the police.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem and Justice Farooq Haider dismissed the petition as withdrawn.
An investigation into money laundering charges against Shehbaz and members of his family revealed that Shehbaz Sharifs assets increased from Rs14.86mn to Rs7328mn in the past 20 years, according to NAB.
The PML-N leader had declared assets worth Rs2.12 million in 1990 which increased to Rs14.8 million in 1998 and reached Rs7328 million in 2018. The sources said that Shehbaz Sharif formed 13 new Benami companies under the banner of Sharif Group of Companies and laundered Rs2400 million through these flimsy companies.
Warrants for Nusrat
Meanwhile, an accountability court on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Nusrat Shehbaz and Rabia Imran, wife and daughter of opposition leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, in a money-laundering case.
Accountability Court Judge Syed Jawadul Hassan conducted the case proceedings, in which Hamza Shehbaz was not produced due to suffering from coronavirus, while another co-accused in the reference, Javeria was allowed to leave the court after marking her attendance.
At the outset of the hearing, the court asked about Salman Shehbazs arrest. NAB Prosecutor said that arrest warrants have been pasted outside the house of Salman Shehbaz in London. The Foreign Office failed to present its report about Salman Shehbaz and Haroon Yousuf. The court directed the officials of the FO to appear before the court on the next hearing along with the record.
Over continued non-appearance before the court, the AC issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Nusrat Shehbaz and Rabia Imran, wife and daughter of Shehbaz Sharif and the co-accused in the reference.