Shahbaz Sharif arrested by NAB after rejection of bail plea in LHC

 LHC rejected plea to extend bail before arrest in NAB case


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday arrested leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif from outside the Lahore High Court (LHC) after his plea to extend pre-arrest bail was rejected by LHC in a money-laundering case it had filed earlier.

The LHC also rejected the petitions filed by the PML-N president in the asset beyond means and money-laundering case, with his bail plea rejected as well. The two member bench of LHC announced the decision.  

Shehbaz earlier reached the Lahore High Court (LHC) for a hearing on his interim bail petition in a money-laundering case filed by the NAB. A two-member bench of the LHC presided over the hearing, while lawyers representing the former Punjab chief minister presented their arguments after a three-day hiatus.

A large number of PML-N party workers, including women, have already reached the court to show support to the former chief minister of Punjab and chanted in his favour.

In December, last year, the anti-graft watchdog had issued orders to freeze 23 properties owned by former Punjab chief minister and his sons, Hamza and Suleman, over claims they had acquired assets beyond their known sources of income and committed money-laundering.

According to the NAB, an investigation against Shehbaz, Hamza, Suleman, and others had revealed that the PML-N president had acquired properties in the name of his wives Nusrat and Tehmina Durrani.

Among the frozen properties were nine plots in Lahore's Johar Town, four in Judicial Colony, two houses in Model Town, and some others in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA).

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