Pakistan: Shahbaz’s transit remand extended till Nov 10

Islamabad: The National Accountability court (NAB) on Tuesday extended the transit remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif until November 10.

NAB produced Shahbaz before Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir as the transit remand extended by the court on Oct 31, expired, Dawn reported. 

The anti-corruption watchdog had requested the court for a further extension in the transit remand until Nov 12, while Shahbaz’s counsel urged that the remand be extended until Nov 10.

During the hearing, the NAB counsel argued that transit remand did not include physical remand.

Shahbaz told the court that NAB officials had, however, already interrogated him during the previous transit remand and added that this should be mentioned in the court’s order sheet.

“It’s been one month but I still have not been told where I committed corruption,” the PML-N president claimed.

Judge Bashir dismissed this argument, saying Shahbaz should mention this before the relevant court.

The court granted an extension in Shahbaz’s transit remand until Nov 10.

Shahbaz’s physical remand will expire on Nov 7 but due to extension in his transit remand, NAB will retain his custody and produce him before the accountability court in Lahore on Nov 10.

In the courtroom, Shahbaz offered his condolences to PML-N leader Abid Sher Ali on his mother’s demise. He also met his brother Nawaz Sharif in Courtroom 2, where the latter had appeared for the hearing of Flagship corruption reference against him.

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