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Court grants NAB 14-day physical remand of Shehbaz in money laundering case

An accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a 14-day physical remand of PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, a day after he was arrested by the anti-graft body in a money laundering case.

On Monday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected Shehbaz’s bail plea, after which he was taken into custody from the court’s premises, where a large number of PML-N workers and supporters had gathered ahead of the hearing.

Earlier, the opposition leader in the National Assembly, who spoke to the media after arriving at the court, said that his party will fight the “NAB-Niazi nexus”.

“NAB-Niazi nexus has failed, we will fight it,” said Shahbaz.

Reacting to Shehbaz’s arrest in a tweet, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz had said that Sharif was arrested “because he refused to play in the hands of those who wanted to use him against his brother [former premier Nawaz Sharif]”.

Later in the day, addressing a press conference with other PML-N leaders, Maryam had said, “I do not have a grain of doubt that Shehbaz Sharif was not arrested for corruption or accountability. A reference against him was ongoing and he was arrested in the middle.”

Maryam called this incident “a very sad day,”  adding, “not only did not leave his brother’s side, but he showed loyalty and commitment to his brother and his cause and did not waiver for a second. His wife and children were made absconders, [his son] Hamza is in jail and has corona. Despite this, he stands with his brother unwaveringly.”

 

 

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