NAB pleads for extension in Shehbaz Sharif’s remand

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On Monday, October 29, an accountability court increased the physical remand of Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition leader till Nov 7, in a case concerning the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scandal. Syed Najamul Hasan, the accountability judge allowed the extension on a request by the bureau.

Shahbaz Sharif was presented in court a day before his previous 14-day physical remand was to end. NAB requested the judge to increase his remand for another 15 days as his custody was needed for further interrogation.

He was brought to the court for the third time,along with tight security as heavy groups of police force and Pakistan Rangers Punjab were stationed inside and outside the court. A huge quantity of PML-N workers also assembled outside the court and screamed slogans against the government.

Shahbaz Sharif protested to the accountability judge that NAB officials had not allowed him to carry out a weekly meeting with his family, nor did they take his medical condition in to account, considering that he was a cancer patient. He was upset over the fact that even Kulbhushan Jadhav was permitted to meet his family, but this privilege was not granted to Shahbaz Sharif.

Furthermore, he stated that he was imprisoned due to the Ashiana slander and was questioned about it as well as the Saaf Pani Company swindle and his proprety. He further stated that he is being accused of wrongdoings, but he has still been patient and has cooperated with NAB officials. Shahbaz’s officers, Ahad Cheema and Fawad Hasan Fawad, are also in NAB’s captivity due to the Ashiana Housing case.