LAHORE: A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team raided the residence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to arrest him after he refused to appear before the accountability watchdog in assets beyond known income case.
According to sources, the NAB team has entered the residence of the opposition leader as police cordoned it off to avoid any hindrances from PML-N leaders and activists.
Sources said the NAB team conducted a raid at the residence of Shehbaz Sharif after he refused to appear before the accountability watchdog in assets beyond means case. He, however, opted to submit a written statement to the accountability watchdog in response to a questionnaire handed over to him.
However, the NAB team’s raid at the Model residence, 96-H, of the party leader proved futile after it emerged that he was not present there, sources said. It was later conveyed to the NAB team that the opposition leader was present at his Jati Umrah residence after which the team left for there to nab the PML-N president.
Several party leaders including PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has reached outside the residence of the party leader.
It is pertinent to mention here that PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Monday approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking interim bail in the assets beyond means and money laundering case.
Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear a bail plea filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif in the assets case tomorrow.
According to details, a two-member bench presided by Justice Tariq Abbasi will hear the plea. On Monday, Shehbaz Sharif through his lawyer Amjad Pervaiz moved the bail petition in the assets beyond means and money laundering case.
He cited the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice retired Javed Iqbal and others as respondents. He claimed in his petition that the NAB’s assets beyond means case against him are baseless. It launched the probe against him under the incumbent government’s influence, he alleged.
According to Shehbaz Sharif, the anti-graft watchdog initiated charges against him without any shred of evidence as he has been declaring his assets consistently. He added the money laundering charges leveled against him too are baseless.