A group of PML-N workers also gathered outside the Thokar Niaz Baig office of NAB and chanted slogans against the arrest of their leader. "The NAB has arrested former Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif in the Ashiana company case", said a press release issued by NAB.
On Sunday, Nawaz met Shehbaz at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office in Lahore where the PML-N leader is serving a 10-day remand handed down by the accountability court on Saturday. He is accused of violating the Punjab Procurement Regularity Authority (PPRA) rules in the award of contracts in the Saaf Pani Company affairs.
Quoting unnamed officials, local broadcaster Geo TV reported that Shehbaz had been summoned by NAB officials for investigation but was taken into custody after he allegedly was unable to "satisfy" a three-member investigation team.
The bureau was also investigating Sharif in the Saaf Pani case, Paragon Housing Society scandal and Punjab Power Company corruption cases. "Even the Peshawar High Court chief justice had inquired about this, asking as to whom the government had awarded the contract of Rs 71 billion metro bus project which could not be completed as yet", Hamza said, adding that Mr Khan's bias had been exposed as he got Shehbaz Sharif arrested for saving billions of rupees of people in various development projects. The PPP chairman said his party had no issues with accountability, but there must be no political victimisation in the name of accountability. The arrest came a little over a week ahead of the by-polls scheduled for October 14. "We had faced the NAB in the (Pervez) Musharraf regime and we have the courage to face it in Imran Niazi's government", he said. He has fled to the United Kingdom and the NAB has written to the interior ministry to bring him back from overseas through Interpol.
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On Monday, an accountability court sent to jail Fawad Hassan Fawad on judicial remand in the Ashiana Housing City scam.
In July, Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in prison in the Avenfield properties case related to the purchase of four luxury flats in London through corrupt practices. This, Pervaiz Rashid argued, manifested that even the coalition partners were not with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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