NAB arrests Hamza Shehbaz as LHC cancels interim bail

Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his interim bail in the Ramzan Sugar Mills and money laundering cases.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Shahid Waheed Khan heard petitions of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader as he appeared before the LHC following the expiration of his interim bail expired today.

During the hearing, NAB’s Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzeb Bharwana told the court that Hamza’s assets were not according to his income and that the PML-N leader and his family are involved in money laundering.

The court after hearing NAB’s arguments rejected Hamza’s plea for an extension for his interim bail.

Following the arrest, PML-N workers are protesting at the GPO Chowk in Lahore and have blocked traffic.

According to NAB sources, Hamza Shehbaz will be presented in an accountability court on Wednesday.