The brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faces charges of graft relating to a low-priced housing scheme in Punjab province, according to Shahzad Saleem, the head of a regional anti-corruption body.
According to reports, (PML-N) president arrived in court in an armoured vehicle under the heavy securities. They deliberated the PML-N president's arrest and available legal recourse to secure his release ahead of the Oct 14 by-elections.
The court ordered him remanded in custody for 10 days to be interrogated, his lawyer Azam Nazir Tarar said.
Sharif was arrested on charges of misusing authority and corruption in the housing scheme during his tenure as the chief minister of Punjab province from 2013 to 2018. He is accused of violating the Punjab Procurement Regularity Authority (PPRA) rules in the award of contracts in the Saaf Pani Company affairs.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday is chairing a Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Lahore. He allegedly cancelled the award of contract of the Ashiana housing project to successful bidder "Chaudhry Latif and Sons" to oblige his "favourite" firm the "Lahore Casa Developers", a proxy group of "Paragon City Private Limited", causing a loss of millions of rupees.
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Meanwhile, talking to media in Lahore today, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said, her party is being victimized in the name of accountability. The PPP chairman said his party had no issues with accountability, but there must be no political victimisation in the name of accountability.
Reacting to Shahbaz's arrest, the PML-N said that arresting the Leader of the Opposition without seeking the permission of the NA speaker was "against the law".
The judge remarked that he had summoned Irfan Mangi in an official capacity and did not speak about the cases lodged against the Sharif family. However, Islamabad's High Court last month suspended the jail term, and granted bail to the former three-time premier.
Previously, on october 14 Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Sharif was convicted for owning expensive properties in London.