LAHORE: An accountability court on Saturday extended physical remand of Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif till November 24 in Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scam.
However, the court rejected National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request for his physical remand in Ramzan Sugar Mills Case.
Earlier, NAB officials produced Sharif before the accountability court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan amid strict security on expiry of his transit remand.
NAB prosecutor submitted an investigation report and stated that Sharif attended recent session of National Assembly, therefore, no significant progress could be made in investigations during the remand term.
He pleaded with the court to extend the remand for another 15 days.
He further submitted that Sharif has also been arrested in connection with Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
He requested the court for granting 15-day remand in the case. However, Sharif’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz opposed the remand request, saying that his client appeared before the NAB whenever he was summoned.
He claimed that Sharif completely cooperated with the bureau but it failed to provide any solid evidence against him despite remand.
He further opposed physical remand in Ramzan Sugar Mills case.” The law states that a man who has been arrested in one case will be considered arrested in other cases as well,” he added.
The court after hearing arguments reserved its verdict on remand request for some time but, later extended the remand for another 14-day in Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scam.
However, the court rejected NAB request for physical remand in Ramzan Sugar Mills Case. The court ordered NAB authorities for producing Sharif on expiry of remand term.
Earlier, strict security arrangements were made inside and outside the court premises on the occasion. Hamza Shahbaz was also present in the court.—APP