LAHORE: Accountability court on Monday has extended physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif till November 7 and handed him over to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe Ashiana Housing scandal. Shehbaz Sharif, who was arrested by NAB on October 5, was produced before the court, day ahead of the expiry of his 14- day physical remand.
Justice Najam-ul-Hassan heard the case during which, Shehbaz Sharif said that he is being trialed in fake cases and that he has answered all the queries of NAB related to Ashiana Housing scam, Saaf Pani scandal and laptop scheme.
I have been punished for saving million of rupees of the country by honestly serving the nation, he added.
The PML-N president said that issues related to his health are being neglected in NAB custody and that he has asked for few necessary medical tests but the bureau officials told they have not received any order in this regard from the ‘higher authority’.
Meanwhile, harsh words were also exchanged when NAB prosecutor interrupted Shehbaz and asked him to talk on the case only.
The court briefly reserved its verdict and announced it extending PML-N president’s physical remand till November 7. A three-day transit remand of ex-Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) has also been approved to attend the National Assembly session being held.
The remand was set to expire on October 30 but the anti-graft watchdog had decided to present Shehbaz before the court one day before the expiry of his physical remand, owing to a local holiday in Lahore in connection with annual urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA). NNI