Nawaz Sharif’s brother arrested in connection with two corruption cases

Nawaz Sharif’s brother arrested in connection with two corruption cases

Nawaz Sharif’s brother arrested in connection with two corruption cases

The local leaders and workers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday staged protest against the arrest of Shahbaz Sharif, the president of PML-N and the ex-Chief Minister of Punjab.

In July, an anti-corruption court sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison over properties his family allegedly owned in the United Kingdom, following revelations in the Panama Papers.

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif termed the "ridiculous" arrest of his brother Shehbaz Sharif as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's "worst victimisation".

Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested by Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday ahead of by-elections in the country.

For his part, according to local media, Shahbaz told the court Saturday that he didn't do any corruption and demanded an open court trail.

The decision comes a day after authorities arrested Sharif in the city of Lahore. "Shahbaz Sharif's arrest just before by-elections is unacceptable", she said.

"They can not arrest the leader of the opposition in this manner", the lawyer said.

On Friday, the Bureau arrested the PML-N president, who is the Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, inside its Lahore office where he was summoned to record his statement in connection with the Punjab Saaf Pani Company case.

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A heavy contingent of Rangers has been posted outside NAB Lahore, where supporters of the PML-N had started gathering, DawnNewsTV reported.

Maryam Nawaz was also present in the meeting between the PML-N supremo and Shehbaz's sons.

During the hearing, NAB prosecutor told the court that Shahbaz Sharif being former chief minister misused his power and caused a huge loss to national exchequer.

Nawaz Sharif condemned the arrest as a "ridiculous and state victimization".

Shahbaz's close confidant Ahad Cheea and Sharif's principal secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad are already in the NAB's custody in the Ashiana housing scheme scam.

Even though the PML-N leaders claim to enjoy full support of opposition parties on the issue, it seems less likely that the opposition parties would take to roads or launch street agitation, fearing lack of public support.

In November 2017, NAB had launched a thorough probe into the affairs of the 56 public-sector companies formed by Shahbaz administration in Punjab for their alleged involvement in corruption.

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