Allegations are false and baseless: Shehbaz Sharif

Allegations are false and baseless: Shehbaz Sharif

Friday's arrest, by agents of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Lahore, involved a case of alleged corruption in a low-priced housing scheme, called Aashyana (Shelter), when Shehbaz Sharif was chief minister of Punjab province.

Sharif was arrested on charges of misusing authority and corruption in the housing scheme during his tenure as the chief minister of Punjab province from 2013 to 2018.

"NAB Lahore has arrested former chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in Aashyana company case".

Sharif's party (PML-N) had come second in the general election leading their party to denounce "the polls as rigged" and allege "the military and courts tipped the scale in favour of Khan's party".

Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested Friday for graft, officials said, the latest corruption allegation against the Sharif political dynasty that was ousted from power by ex-cricketer Imran Khan in elections this summer.

The PML-N leader was transported to the court in an armored vehicle amid tight security. The PML-N has also made a decision to consult with other opposition parties on the contemporary issues.




Sharif's defence lawyer rejected the NAB's assertions as "baseless".

Senior leader of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Khursheed Shah has condemned the arrest of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, saying it is an insult to the parliament. The least the 10 day remand implies is solitary confinement. "Sharif was called for interrogation in "Saaf Pani" case and detained in the Ashiana Housing case".

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Chaudhry said: "Others involved in big cases should also be arrested".

Shahbaz's son and opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz, who was also probed for presiding over the company's board of directors meetings many times to issue directions for award of contracts to favourite firms, said if this political victimisation continued, the PML-N would be on roads to fight this war.

"All know that the PTI government is responsible for this revenge", he said.

He claimed that the national exchequer had not suffered the loss of "even a single penny" in the case in which Shahbaz was arrested today.

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