Pakistani court allows officials to quiz opposition leader

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) earlier today presented Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif before an accountability court to seek his physical remand in the Rs14 billion Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing project scam. The bureau said that the leader misused his authority during his tenure as Punjab province's Chief Minister, Geo News reported.

Sharif's party (PML-N) had come second in the general election leading their party to denounce "the polls as rigged" and allege "the military and courts tipped the scale in favour of Khan's party".

Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, was accused by the country's anti-graft body of corruption in the Ashiana Housing case.

Following the hearing, Shahbaz was sent back to the NAB office - where he had spent the previous night - in an armoured vehicle amid tight security.

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PML-N leader Rana Sana Ullah termed the arrest as a "political victimisation", saying that they will use their legal rights to defend their leader as there is no solid proof against him.

An anti-corruption court in July sentenced Nawaz Sharif in absentia to 10 years over properties his family allegedly owned in Britain, following revelations in the Panama Papers. PML-N leaders Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khurram Dastgir and Saira Afzal Tarrar were, however, not allowed to enter the premises.

Sharif's defence lawyer rejected the NAB's assertions as "baseless". The least the 10 day remand implies is solitary confinement.

The Bureau quizzed Sharif regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy company for a survey of the Saaf Pani company.

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She said her party is being victimized in the name of accountability. "They can not arrest the leader of the opposition in this manner", the lawyer said.

Shehbaz was detained on Friday by the NAB in the Ashiana Housing scam.

Nawaz Sharif, who remains embroiled in corruption cases, after being ousted, jailed and then released on bail, called the arrest "political vendetta" - a contention also supported by several local media outlets and independent analysts.

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