LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore has approved physical remand of President Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif for 14 days in money laundering and assets beyond means case.
The National Accountability Court had filed a plea in the court seeking physical remand of Shehbaz Sharif one day after he was arrested after his interim bail ended.
The court has directed the NAB to produce Shehbaz Sharif again before the court on Oct 13.
Following announcement of the verdict by the court, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, addressing the media outside the court premises, said that an incompetent party was ruling the country. He said not a single witness recorded his statement against the party chief.
He also said that the dream of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf of separating Shehbaz from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would not come true.
On Jul 23, in his argument, the PML-N president had said that he began working as a businessman in 1972 and played a key role in agriculture, sugar and textile industries, while he entered politics for the welfare of society in 1988.
He had claimed that the case of assets beyond means against him was based on ill-intentions. The NAB launched investigation against him under influence of the incumbent government, he had said. He had said the allegations levelled by the NAB against him were of common nature.
In his plea, Shehbaz had said he was arrested in the same case in 2018 and he fully cooperated with the accountability watchdog. During the confinement, the NAB did not present any evidence about his misuse of authority, he had maintained.