LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday arrested Leader of the opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif from the Lahore High Court in alleged money laundering and assets beyond means cases.
The accountability watchdog arrested the president Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) after his interim bail ended and the court did not entertain his plea to extend the bail.
The NAB officials escorted him from the court to their Lahore office.
PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb, addressing the media following the arrest, said that the party supporters should have pride that their leader was a brave fellow. She said it was an attempt to handcuff all the projects that were initiated by Shehbaz Sharif. She said the NAB prosecutor could not establish corruption of even a single penny against him.
However, she said the accountability watchdog was directed to do so in a bid to rig the Gilgit-Baltistan elections.
The PML-N workers had a scuffle with the law enforcers outside the high court premises and they also chanted slogans against his arrest.
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.