An accountability court in Pakistan on Thursday sent PML-N President and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif to jail on eight-day judicial remand in connection with his alleged role in a housing scheme scam.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had taken Shahbaz, the younger brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, into custody on October 5 in the Rs 14 billion Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing project scam.
He is accused of allegedly cancelling the contract of a successful bidder in the scheme and awarding the same to his favourite firm. He was also arrested by the NAB in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
Amidst protests by Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) workers, Shahbaz was produced before the accountability court in Lahore for a hearing in the scam and the NAB requested extension to his remand for another 15 days.
He said NAB had received information that Shahbaz had "benami accounts" in which a sum of Rs 5 billion had been transferred.
They clashed with police while trying to enter the court premises, following which police resorted to baton charge and arrested over a dozen PML-N workers, officials said.
Reacting to baton charge, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Auranzeb termed the police action as "fascist" and said "the people of Pakistan today saw the true colour of the Imran Khan government."
She said the party workers had come to see their leader but the police baton-charged them and dragged them to their vans.
She said police arrested over a dozen PML-N workers.
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