The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly and President of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his bail plea in a money laundering case on Monday.
The PML-N President was taken into custody from the court’s premises, where a large number of PML-N workers and supporters had gathered ahead of the hearing.
According to Dawn report, the LHC had extended the pre-arrest bail of Shehbaz Sharif, while arguments of his counsel were in progress and had directed him to conclude his arguments in the next hearing.
During the proceedings on Monday, the legal counsel of Shehbaz Sharif, Azam Nazir Tarar said that the PML-N president’s arrest at this stage of the case could not be justified. He further said that NAB’s dishonesty is apparent everywhere.
Azam Nazir Tarar said that Shehbaz was already facing two other references filed by NAB, arguing that the cases against the opposition leader were “fake”. He declared that local bodies elections are coming up, the government wants Shehbaz Sharif to go to jail.
Shehbaz’s legal counsel further pointed out that though the copies of the reference had been provided, Shehbaz was yet to be indicted. He told the court that the former Punjab chief minister had done a net saving of Rs81 billion in the Orange Line Train Project and Rs400 million in the taxi project.
“Collectively Shehbaz had saved Rs1 trillion in net savings and he had never received any ta-da or salary,” he added.