Lahore: Nawaz Sharif calls on Shehbaz Sharif at NAB office

Lahore: Nawaz Sharif calls on Shehbaz Sharif at NAB office

Lahore: Nawaz Sharif calls on Shehbaz Sharif at NAB office

Sharif was sent for a 10 day remand by the anti-corruption court in Pakistan.

Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of three-time Premier Nawaz Sharif, was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the northeastern city of Lahore in connection with a housing scam, a NAB spokesman told reporters.

For his part, according to local media, Shahbaz told the court Saturday that he didn't do any corruption and demanded an open court trail. They claimed that Shahbaz Sharif was arrested to malign PML-N before the by-polls.

During an informal chat with reporters on Saturday, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had said the procedure adopted for the arrest of the opposition leader was improper, adding that it appeared prima facie that the law had not been followed in the matter. "He was arrested after he failed to satisfy the investigator for his alleged role in awarding contracts to his favorite firm in violations of rules in the Ashiana Housing scheme and Punjab Saaf Pani Company".

Sharif is accused of misusing his authority as the chief minister of Punjab Province from 2013 to 2018 by influencing authorities to award contracts for a government-run housing program for low-income citizens to a company with which he had political affiliations.

Sharif was arrested 10 days before the July 25, general election won by cricket star turned politician, Imran Khan, leading the new government.

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". Mr. Nawaz was released from prison last month, pending an appeal against his conviction.

In reply to a question about the meeting with Nawaz Sharif, he said: "Nawaz Sharif is presiding over a meeting of PML-N's Central Executive Committee on Monday (today) in Model Town to finalize a strategy".

The activists of Pakistan Muslim League-N Woman Wing staged a rally outside the Peshawar Press Club.

His arrest came days before by-elections on 37 national and provincial assembly seats.

The by-elections could affect the slim majority Khan's coalition government holds in parliament, though numerous constituencies are considered strongholds of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

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