Ashiana housing scam: NAB to produce Shehbaz Sharif in court today

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will produce former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in an Accountability Court today in a case related to Ashiana Housing scam.

The leader of the opposition, who was arrested by the anti-graft buster on Friday in the Rs. 14 billion Ashiana-I-Iqbal Housing Scheme case, would be sent on remand for further interrogation.

He was detained by the anti-graft body at the accountability body’s Lahore office following a hearing in Punjab Saaf Pani Company. A heavy contingent of Rangers has been posted outside NAB office.

The arrest of former Punjab chief minister followed shocking revelations of ex-principal secretary to PM, Fawad Hasan Fawad, who has become an approver in the cases against Shehbaz Sharif.

Following Sharif’s arrest, his private security staff and white land cruiser were sent away by NAB officials.

According to the rules, the anti-corruption body has to take permission from the National Assembly speaker to arrest the leader of Opposition in the lower house of the Parliament.

The Bureau, in a statement, confirmed Sharif’s arrest and added that the PML-N president will be presented before an accountability court on Saturday (tomorrow).

Earlier, the Opposition leader in National Assembly had appeared before NAB on a couple of occasions in the Saaf Pani Company and Rs14 billion Ashiana Housing Scheme scams and recorded his statement. He is accused of violating the PPRA rules in the award of contracts in the Saaf Pani Company affairs.