Pakistan's opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif remanded for 10 days in corruption case

Shahbaz Sharif

Shahbaz Sharif

A group of PML-N workers also gathered outside the Thokar Niaz Baig office of NAB and chanted slogans against the arrest of their leader.

Pakistan's main opposition leader and three-time chief minister of the country's largest Punjab province was arrested on Friday by anti-corruption authorities, officials confirmed.

According to a news sources, the NAB administration granted "special permission" to Shehbaz Sharif's sons Hamza and Salman, Shehbaz's wife Nusrat, and elder brother Nawaz Sharif to see the National Assembly opposition leader on their request.

Sharif is accused of abuse of power during his tenure as the chief minister of Punjab from 2013 to 2018 by influencing authorities to award contracts for a government-run housing program for low-income citizens to a company with which he had political connections.

In November 2017, NAB had launched a thorough probe into the affairs of the 56 public-sector companies formed by Shahbaz administration in Punjab for their alleged involvement in corruption.

"He was arrested after he failed to satisfy the investigator for his alleged role in awarding contracts to his favourite firm in violations of rules in the Ashiana Housing scheme and Punjab Saaf Pani Company", NAB spokesperson Nawazish Ali Asim told PTI.

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"We will prove that allegations against Shahbaz Sharif are baseless", he said.

Sources said that it was also chose to hold consultations with all political parties except the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The arrest came a little over a week ahead of the by-polls scheduled for October 14.

On Monday, an accountability court sent to jail Fawad Hassan Fawad on judicial remand in the Ashiana Housing City scam. The former premier, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar were released from Adiala prison on September 19 after the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentences in the Avenfield corruption reference.

Nawaz is facing two more corruption cases filed by the NAB on the Supreme Court's order following the Panama Papers scandal.

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