Pak’s leader of Opposition Shahbaz Sharif arrested by anti-graft body in two corruption cases

Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan and former Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was on Friday arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at its Lahore office in the Rs 14 billion Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme case, reported the Dawn.

Sharif, who is the brother of the jailed ex- prime minister Nawaz Sharif, will be produced before an accountability court for remand tomorrow. He will be kept in a highly-secured lock-up inside the NAB Lahore office until his appearance in court.

“The National Accountability Bureau Lahore has arrested former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif in the Ashiana company case,” a press release issued by NAB Islamabad said, adding that the bureau will present him before an accountability court in Lahore on Saturday.

Shahbaz, the PML-N president, was detained by NAB officials and his car was sent away. His private staff who accompanied him as security were also sent away.

Meanwhile NAB spokesperson Nawazish Ali Asim told Press Trust of India, “Shahbaz Sharif on Friday appeared before an investigation team of the National Accountability Bureau Lahore. He was arrested after he failed to satisfy the investigator for his alleged role in awarding contracts to his favourite firm in violations of rules in the Ashiana Housing scheme and Punjab Saaf Pani Company.”

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