Court sends Shehbaz Sharif to jail in Ashiana Housing case

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LAHORE: PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif was sent to jail by an accountability court on Thursday after NAB’s plea to keep the former Punjab chief minister in its custody was rejected.

According to details, Shehbaz Sharif had been arrested in connection with the Ashiana Housing scheme case and was in NAB’s custody. The former Punjab chief minister was brought to court while stringent security measures were in place.

NAB requested the court to extend Shehbaz’s remand but the watchdog’s lawyer was unable to provide sarisfactory responses to the accountability court.

The accountability court turned down NAB’s request and sent Shehbaz Sharif to jail on judicial remand.

Earlier, scores of PML-N supporters, carrying placards and pictures of Shehbaz Sharif, gathered outside the accountability court and tried to remove obstacles.

Police responded by baton-charging the PML-N workers and taking multiple into custody.

Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hasan Chauhan spoke to Geo News, saying that the PML-N workers had showed up to confront police.

“You can see that they confronted police on purpose and then were taken to task,” he said.
Chauhan said that he did not understand why the media was giving hype to the incident, claiming that the PML-N leaders had not showed up in huge numbers.

“There are only 200-250 workers that protested,” he said. “I cannot understand why the media is promoting the incident. This is not like the Model Town incident where people including pregnant women, were shot on point blank range.”

PML-N representative Malik Ahmad Khan also spoke to Geo News and said that the action taken by police was unfortunate.

“Marriyum Aurangzeb was present in the vicinity of the accountability court when the baton-charging began,” he said.

Responding to Chauhan’s remarks about the Model Town case, Malik Ahmad Khan said that a new JIT had been formed to probe the incident.