Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Pakistani opposition leader appears in court after arrested on corruption charges

Pakistani opposition leader appears in court after arrested on corruption charges

Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, former Punjab's CM and younger brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will be produced before an accountability court for remand on Saturday.

Lawyer Tarar said that Sharif was improperly arrested on a warrant that was kept secret. The arrest came a little over a week ahead of the by-polls scheduled for October 14.

Sharif was sent for a 10 day remand by the anti-corruption court in Pakistan.

"We will prove that allegations against Shahbaz Sharif are baseless", he said. The second case involves the ₹4 billion Punjab Saaf Pani Company scams.

Speaking to The Express Tribune earlier on Saturday, senior PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah claimed that opposition parties had assured the PML-N of full support against Shehbaz's arrest and would launch a collective struggle in this regard, he said. A combined investigation team of the country's top anti-graft watchdog quizzed him for an hour over his alleged role in awarding contract to his "favourite firm" in violation of laws in the Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing project.

The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) activists on Sunday staged protest across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the arrest of party President Shahbaz Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif condemned the arrest as a "ridiculous and state victimization".

The Sharifs' party accused the new government of using the anti-corruption agency for political victimisation. Shahbaz's close confidant Ahad Cheea and Nawaz's principal secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad are already in the NAB's custody in the Ashiana housing scheme scam.

It is worth mentioning here that in the election 2018 PML-N had nearly clean swept in Sialkot district by securing all 5 national assembly seats and 10 out of total 11 provincial assembly seats, but there was no notable leader present in Sialkot to launch any strong protest against the arrest of the chief of PML-N.

Nawaz Sharif was released from prison last month pending an appeal.

In a statement, the PML-N Parliamentary Party said that the "unfortunate history of using NAB against political opponents was being repeated".

Reportedly, the NAB quizzed Shehbaz Sharif regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy company for a survey of the Saaf Pani company.

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