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Court refuses extension of Shahbaz s custody to NAB in housing scam, sends him to judicial custody

An accountability court in Pakistan on Thursday sent PML-N President and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif to jail on eight-day judicial remand in connection with his alleged role in a housing scheme scam. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had taken Shahbaz, the younger brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, into custody on October 5 in the Rs 14 billion Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing project scam. He is accused of allegedly cancelling the contract of a successful bidder in the scheme and awarding the same to his favourite firm. He was also arrested by the NAB in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. Amidst protests by Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) workers, Shahbaz was produced before the accountability court in Lahore for a hearing in the scam and the NAB requested extension to his remand for another 15 days. Seeking the extension his remand, NAB prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua argued that the probe in another case was underway and the agency needs his ...

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