Lahore (Staff Report): An accountability court on Wednesday extended Opposition Leader in National Assembly Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif’s transit remand till the conclusion of on-going assembly session.
The jail superintendent submitted that transit remand of the Punjab’s former chief minister will expire today. He pleaded with the court for extension in the remand.
Judge Syed Najamul Hassan extended the remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president till the NA session concludes.
On Tuesday, Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that all opposition parties in the National Assembly have reaffirmed their demand that leader of the opposition should be chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Speaking to media along with PPP and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal leaders, Sharif said the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had been giving the "lame excuse" that he, being the PML-N head, could not preside over the audit review of matters pertaining to his party's previous government.
He said the leaders of opposition parties had once again concluded that the opposition leader in the National Assembly should become the PAC chairman, "which has been the tradition for the past 10 years".
On Monday, an accountability court granted a one-day transit remand of Shehbaz to attend the National Assembly (NA) session.
A request was submitted in the NAB court on behalf of the jail superintendent for Shehbaz's transit remand.
The plea stated that the opposition leader has to be taken to Islamabad to attend the session of the NA.
Approving the jail superintendent's request, the court granted one-day transit remand of the PML-N president.
Earlier, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and concerned authorities to bring Shahbaz Sharif to Islamabad attend the session on daily basis under the rules.
On December 6, Shehbaz Sharif was brought to the court after his physical remand ended. The NAB authorities sought a 15-day extension in the physical remand of Shehbaz Sharif.
However, the court rejected the request as the NAB prosecutor failed to provide satisfactory answers and ordered to send the former Punjab CM to jail.
Shehbaz Sharif was arrested on October 5 in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case after he appeared before NAB in the Punjab Saaf Pani Company scam.