Shehbaz Sharif’s bail plea approved in Ashiana Housing scheme

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday accepted the bail plea of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases and ordered his release.

The directives came from a two-judge bench headed by Justice Malik Shehzad, which had first reserved its decision but later granted bail to the opposition leader as well as Fawad Hasan Fawad in the Ashiana scheme.

The bench, however, rejected Fawad bail’s in the case pertaining to owning assets beyond known sources of income.

Shehbaz had filed a bail plea in the LHC for allegedly registering a case contrary to the law and making the arrest on basis of it.

He claimed that the case was politically motivated.

“Whatever I did was in accordance with the law and Constitution. Not even an inch of official land was given to anyone and LHC should accept my bail plea,” the petition had added.

Shehbaz had also mentioned medical reasons in his petition seeking bail.
NAB had arrested Shehbaz on October 5, 2018 in connection to the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.

NAB had accused Shehbaz of misusing his powers while being the chief minister of Punjab in an inquiry pertaining to Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC).

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