The remand of PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif was extended till November 7 on Monday by an accountability court in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case.
The country’s top accountability watchdog had arrested the former Punjab chief minister over his alleged involvement in the multi-billion rupee housing scheme scam.
Shehbaz was produced before accountability judge Anjumul Hasan amid heavy security. During the hearing, National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) prosecutor asserted that the bureau needed to detain the opposition leader for further investigation.
However, the defence counsel, comprising Advocate Amjad Pervaiz and Azam Nazir, objected to extending the remand. The accountability court had earlier granted a 14-day remand to NAB on October 16.
Shehbaz alleged during the day’s proceedings that NAB authorities had refused him access to his family. Emphasizing his medical condition, the PML-N president said he was a cancer patient and the anti-graft watchdog had yet to respond to his request for a blood test and medical checkup.
The opposition leader reiterated that he was being implicated in a fake case and was a victim of political victimization.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the accountability court extended Shehbaz’s remand and also granted a three-day transitory remand.