Shehbaz's physical remand extended till Dec 6 in Ashiana Housing scam

Shehbaz's physical remand extended till Dec 6 in Ashiana Housing scam

Lahore (Staff Report): An accountability court on Wednesday extended the physical remand of the Oppostion Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif till December 6 in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme scam.

The National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) presented Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president before the court and sought an extension in his remand.

Judge Najmul Hassan questioned how long Shehbaz has been in NAB's custody. NAB prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua informed the court that the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly has been in custody for 54 days now.

The former Punjab chief minister corrected the NAB prosecutor and said he has been in custody for 55 days. Following this, the judge inquired, "Has NAB still not concluded the investigation in this case?" The NAB prosecutor replied, "National Assembly sessions were under way for several days owing to which the investigation could not be carried out."

Shehbaz once again interrupted and said, "Investigation was underway and I was even given a questionnaire during that time."

After hearing the arguments, the judge granted NAB a nine-day extension in Shehbaz's physical remand and adjourned the hearing till December 6.

Earlier, doctors have recommended to keep Shehbaz Sharif in an open and clean space as his chest and kidneys have been affected.

"Few sub-centimeter mediastinal lymph nodes are seen. One of the more prominent right lower paratracheal lymph node measures 8.00mm in short axis," the medical report dated November 25 from a laboratory in Islamabad states.

"Both the kidneys show lobulated contours. There is a tiny hypodense area at lower pole of left kidney with internal fat attenuation... suggesting of being etiology likely angiomyolipoma," the report added.

The PML-N president’s medical examination was conducted after he complained of throat ache; his report indicate signs of Chromogranin A (CgA) and his adenoid cystic carcinoma node level was found to be at 688 while the normal level is considered to be 100.

Doctors recommended that Shehbaz’s CT Scan be conducted on an immediate basis, they added.

Following the report, doctors at Poly Clinic had conducted further blood tests of the leader of the opposition in NA and even conducted his CT scan.

Shehbaz has been in NAB’s custody since October 5 in connection to the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.