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Shehbaz Sharif arrested in money laundering case after LHC rejects bail

Shehbaz Sharif arrested

President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Shehbaz Sharif has been arrested by the National Accountability Bureau in the money laundering case after Lahore High Court rejected his bail.

On Monday, the president of PML-N was arrested when Lahore High Court rejected his bail plea. He was arrested from the court premises after a two-judge bench rejected his interim bail plea. Shehbaz’s bail petition in assets beyond means and money laundering case was heard by the bench.

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A two-member bench presided over by Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem heard detailed arguments against Shehbaz Sharif’s bail plea. Challenging his bail plea, NAB’s prosecutor told the court that Sharif’s arrest was required because he is to be interrogated in the money laundering case.

Faisal Bukhari NAB prosecutor argued that questionnaires were issued to women in Shehbaz’s family but no reply was received and no reason has been provided for purchasing London’s flats till now, he claimed. He further stated that Ali Ahmed and Nisar Ahmed were employees of Shehbaz since 2009 when he was the Punjab chief minister.

“It was through them that money was laundered. They had two companies under their names, and they were the directors of the companies. But accused Ikram used to sign the account,” Bukhari argued.

However, Shehbaz remained on the same point that NAB cannot prove any corruption against him even after 250 years.

LHC had extended Shehbaz’s interim bail till September 28 in the assets beyond means and money laundering cases.

Now when the uncle of Maryam Nawaz has been arrested, she took to twitter and posted, “Make no mistake. Shehbaz Sharif has been arrested ONLY because he REFUSED to play in the hands of those who wanted to use him against his brother. He preferred standing behind prison bars than to stand against his brother. Shahbaz Sharif, aap ko SALAM!”

PML-N information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said outside the court, “The entire nation has been handcuffed through Shehbaz’s arrest,
Meanwhile, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, in a statement, condemned Shehbaz’s arrest and demanded his immediate release.

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