Court extends Shehbaz Sharif’s physical remand for seven days

Also extends Hamza Shehbaz's judicial remand for 15 days

By: News Desk      Published: 12:32 PM, 13 Oct, 2020
Court extends Shehbaz Sharif’s physical remand for seven days

An accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday extended the physical remand of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif by seven days in the money laundering reference, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Though the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sought an extension of 15 days, the court only granted the extension in the physical remand only for seven days.

Earlier the court reserved its ruling on the NAB request but after some time it announced its decision. The court also extended the judicial remand of Hamza Shehbaz until October 27.

During the hearing, Shehbaz Sharif informed the court that he had a severe backache and he was being punished to complicate the problem at the behest of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Shahzad Akbar.

At this, the accountability court judge, Jawad-ul-Hassan, asked him to submit an application and said he would pass necessary orders on the issue.

Why do they want further remand when I have shared the details of the property I assembled and the money Suleman gave, asked Shehbaz and added that what he should have done, if not business, after returning to Pakistan as they lost everything in the Musharraf’s era.

NAB prosecutor Asim Mumtaz and Barrister Usman requested the court to grant another 15-day physical remand of Shehbaz, saying the PML-N president was still being interviewed on the money issue and a list of questions had been handed over to him.

They claimed that the accused had been unable to explain the source of property and gifts given to his wife Nusrat Shehbaz.

However, Amjad Pervaiz – the defence counsel – said the questions asked by the NAB and the reference were the same and opposed extending the physical remand of his client.

What is the purpose of interrogation when the reference has been filed and its copies distributed, Amjad questioned.

He said selling the Bahria Town in 2011 was nothing new and had been on record, adding that the same question was being repeated despite knowing all the related facts. 

Meanwhile, the court was also informed about posting notices concerning Suleman Shehbaz through which he was given the last chance to appear in person on Oct 13; otherwise, the process would start to declare him a proclaimed offender.

Earlier, Shehbaz and his son Hamza Shehbaz were brought to the court amid tight security as both of them wore masks as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, the NAB had arrested Shehbaz after a two-member bench comprising Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem and Justice Farooq Haider the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his interim bail plea in assets beyond means and money laundering case.

On the very next day, the accountability court gave a 14-day physical remand of the PML-N president to NAB which expired Tuesday (Oct 13).