NAB arrests Hamza Shehbaz as LHC call off interim bail

LAHORE: Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday after the Lahore High Court (LHC) called off his interim bail in the Ramzan Sugar Mills and money laundering cases.

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Following the expiration of his interim bail in the case, Hamza on Tuesday appeared before the court where a two-member bench comprising of Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Shahid Waheed Khan heard his petitions.

During the hearing, NAB’s Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzeb Bharwana told the court that Hamza’s assets persist beyond his income and that the PML-N leader and his family are involved in money laundering.

After hearing the arguments of NAB, the court rejected Hamza’s plea for interim bail extension.

Hamza will be presented before an accountability court on Wednesday, according to NAB sources.

Speaking to media after the rejection of his interim bail, Hamza said, “I told the Pakistani nation that I have not done any corruption. I have challenged NAB that if they can prove even a penny worth of corruption against me, I will leave politics.”

“NAB chairman has ordered my arrest. It remains to be seen whether NAB will arrest me or justice will prevail. Prison is not new for me,” he further added.

The Ramzan mills reference was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in February this year against Hamza and his father, former chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif. The NAB reference alleges that the former chief minister misused his authority by using public funds for the construction of a bridge to facilitate the Ramzan mills, owned by his sons.

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