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Shehbaz was brought to the accountability court in an armoured vehicle that was escorted by a fire brigade, an ambulance and police mobiles.

A PML-N and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal delegation led by Leader of Opposition in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq met NA Speaker Asad Qasir at his residence and formally handed over a requisition signed by 90 PML-N and MMA MNAs seeking early calling of National Assembly session over the Leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif's arrest by NAB authorities.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested Shehbaz on Friday for his alleged involvement in the Rs 14 billion scam and produced him before accountability court judge Najmul Hasan.

A NAB court heard charges that Shehbaz Sharif illegally cancelled a contract with a construction company in 2014 and sought to award it to another company allegedly for a bribe, and ordered him remanded in custody for 10 days to be interrogated, his lawyer Azam Nazir Tarar said.

Sharif requested the court that it is political victimisation as he had not done any corruption during his tenure.

After hearing the arguments, the court reserved its judgment on the NAB's plea for a 14-day physical remand of Shehbaz Sharif.

The PML-N president, Shahbaz is accused of ordering the cancellation of award of contract of Ashiana-i-Iqbal to successful bidder Chaudhry Latif and Sons, leading to award of the contract to Lahore Casa Developers, a proxy group of Paragon City Private Limited, which resulted in the loss of approximately Rs193 million.

"We will prove that allegations against Shahbaz Sharif are baseless", he said. Mr Sifatullah said that the party workers were ready to agitate if the leadership asked them.

Nawaz said the PTI government should remain prepared to face the same kind of treatment tomorrow "that they mete out to their opponents today".

Meanwhile, the PTI government rejected opposition parties' criticism on the arrest of Leader of Opposition in National Assembly and dissociated it from the NAB action.

PML-N has chose to constitute a committee to hold consultations over the arrest of party President Shehbaz Sharif. He has fled to the United Kingdom and the NAB has written to the interior ministry to bring him back from overseas through Interpol. It shows that the accountability body had failed to gather actionable evidence to seek a sentence of its choice despite the investigation in Ashiana Housing scam having started nearly a year back. In July, Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in prison in the Avenfield properties case related to the purchase of four luxury flats in London through corrupt practices.


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