Pakistan’s anti-corruption body arrests Shahbaz Sharif in housing scam

LAHORE: Pakistan’s opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested by the country’s anti-graft body on Friday for his alleged involvement in a housing scam, the latest setback to the embattled Sharif family.

Shahbaz, 67, is the younger brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is facing corruption charges in three cases.

“Shahbaz Sharif on Friday appeared before an investigation team of the National Accountability Bureau Lahore. He was arrested after he failed to satisfy the investigator for his alleged role in awarding contracts to his favourite firm in violations of rules in the Ashiana Housing scheme and Punjab Saaf Pani Company,” NAB spokesperson Nawazish Ali Asim said.

Shahbaz, President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will be presented before an accountability court for a physical remand on Saturday, he said. He will be kept in a highly-secured lock-up inside the NAB Lahore office until his appearance in court.

He was detained by NAB officials

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