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Pakistan opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif arrested ahead of polls

08 October, 2018, 13:15 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, former Punjab's CM and younger brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will be produced before an accountability court for remand on Saturday.

Tarar said that Sharif was improperly arrested on a warrant that was kept secret. "Shahbaz Sharif's arrest just before by-elections is unacceptable", she said.

Earlier in the day, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented Shahbaz before the court and requested his 15-day remand for further probe into the graft case, but the court allowed 10-day remand, senior legal expert and lawyer Saad Rasool told media. The bureau said that the leader misused his authority during his tenure as Punjab province's Chief Minister, Geo News reported. "Shahbaz Sharif being the chief minister had set great examples of transparency and honesty in all projects".

A NAB court on Saturday heard charges that Sharif in 2014 illegally canceled a contract with a construction company and sought to award it to another company, allegedly for a bribe.

Hundreds of activists from Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz gathered outside the court, chanting pro-Sharif slogans as police and army Rangers guarded the venue.

In his statement before NAB in August, Fawad had claimed that he had awarded a contract to a "favourite firm" in the Ashiana Housing project on Shahbaz's order.

PML-N Spokesperson, Marriyum Aurangzeb says arrest of Shahbaz Sharif by NAB is an act of political vengeance.

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Nawaz Sharif was ousted from his post previous year by the Supreme Court after Panama Papers leaks revealed he and his family owned several apartments in London.

The Ashiana Housing Scheme was launched by the Punjab government in 2010.

Sharif is opposition leader in the lower house of parliament.

She said her party is being victimized in the name of accountability.

Shahbaz's son-in-law Ali Imran Yousuf is also facing corruption inquiries in this case.

But, the Islamabad High Court freed the trio on bail last month and suspended their sentence after they challenged the Avenfield verdict.

Previously, on october 14 Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Sharif was convicted for owning expensive properties in London.

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