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Pak anti-graft body arrests PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif in another corruption case

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Pakistan's anti-graft body on Saturday arrested and PML-N chief in another corruption case and had his physical remand extended till November 24.

The (NAB) had taken Shahbaz Sharif, in the and younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, into custody on October 5 in the Rs 14 billion Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing project scam.

Shahbaz was produced before an accountability court in for a hearing in the Ashiana scam and the NAB requested extension to his remand for another 15 days. It informed the court that it had also arrested Shahbaz in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

His opposed further extension in the physical remand saying his client had been in NAB custody for more than a month and could not prove anything against him.

NAB said the body could not interrogate Shahbaz properly as he attended the session during the remand period.

After hearing the arguments, the court extended 14-day remand of Shahbaz in NAB custody till November 24.

Several PML-N workers gathered outside the court and chanted slogans against the and NAB.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz's son on Friday skipped the third consecutive hearing in NAB as he left for

"The Sharifs wants Salman to extend his stay in till the outcome of the investigation against his father and his elder brother Hamza Shahbaz," a family source said adding the family fears that NAB may arrest Salman.

According to the NAB, both brothers - Hamza and Salman - in their capacity as directors of Ramzan Sugar Mills got a bridge constructed linking their mills using public money in Chiniot, some 200 kms from

It said an amount of Rs 200 million was approved by then Punjab Shahbaz for the construction of the bridge.

said Salman had fled to after the bureau sought details of his family properties and said he is deliberately avoiding the NAB hearing.

The denies this saying he will soon return to face the NAB probe.

Shahbaz Sharif's is already in London after being declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court in the and the (PPDC) cases.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 15:55 IST