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

NAB DG Irfan Naeem Mangi was one of the six members of the Panamagate joint investigation team. ─ File

NAB DG Irfan Naeem Mangi was one of the six members of the Panamagate joint investigation team. ─ File

Pakistan's anti-graft body on Friday arrested PML-N president and former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif for his alleged involvement in two corruption cases.

NAB has obtained 10 days physical remand of Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiyana Housing scam on Saturday.

Almost three weeks after his release from jail, the supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is set to resume political activities from Monday (today) by presiding over an "emergency meeting" of the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) in Lahore.

For his part, according to local media, Shahbaz told the court Saturday that he didn't do any corruption and demanded an open court trail.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said PML-N's government initiated a number of development projects in the country and served the general public in an exemplary manner.

His lawyer said, that the development meant that Sharif would not be able to campaign for his party ahead of crucial by-elections on October 14.

He is accused of providing contracts on high rates to unqualified companies of his friends.

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Saleem did not say when Shahbaz Sharif, who is the former chief minister of Punjab, is due to appear in court.

In reply to a question about the meeting with Nawaz Sharif, he said: "Nawaz Sharif is presiding over a meeting of PML-N's Central Executive Committee on Monday (today) in Model Town to finalize a strategy".

The Sharifs' Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz came in second place in the election.

A heavy contingent of Rangers has been posted outside NAB Lahore, where supporters of the PML-N had started gathering, DawnNewsTV reported.

It is believed that Sharif's arrest was made in the light of their statements against him, despite Sharif having earlier said he did not award contracts to his political allies.

She said no prior information or warrant was issued before arrest of Shahbaz Sharif.

The sources said the PML-N leaders were also in contact with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and were hopeful of getting a positive response. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the arrest of party president Shahbaz Sharif. This, in turn, would open the way for Shehbaz Sharif's party to return to power in the coveted province of Punjab.

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