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Pakistan: PMLN chief Shehbaz Sharif arrested in water scam

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was granted 10-day physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif after he was produced in an accountability court here on Saturday. Sharif went to the court for questioning in another corruption case involving a water purification scheme but instead was arrested on the housing project warrant.

Sharif is the younger brother of former premier Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified from his position in 2017 over corruption charges.

Pakistan's anti-graft body announced on Friday that it had arrested the country's opposition leader, Shahbaz Sharif, over his alleged links to a multi-million dollar housing scam.

National Accountability Beauru presented Shehbaz Sharif before the court in an armoured vehicle today.

The former Punjab CM told the court that the case against him "was politically motivated". Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text.

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"We will prove that allegations against Shahbaz Sharif are baseless", he said.

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

Senior PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq and senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq told the media that the party had sought cooperation from other opposition parties and described Shehbaz Sharif's arrest as "unjustified". Saaf Pani company is one of the 56 public limited companies which PMLN created in Pakistan's Punjab after assuming power in the province in 2013.

Syed Khursheed Shah while terming the arrest a serious matter said that Leader of Opposition was an important component of the Parliament and such an extreme step by the government required explanation on the floor of the House for which the government must immediately call the National Assembly session. "Shehbaz cancelled the contract awarded to M/s Latif & Sons for infrastructure development of Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme and awarded it to the CASA Developers", the NAB prosecutor upheld.

Nawaz is facing two more corruption cases filed by the NAB on the Supreme Court's order following the Panama Papers scandal.

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