Pakistan's Shehbaz Sharif jailed for 10 days ahead of by

Shahbaz Sharif

He is accused of having provided contracts at high rates to unqualified companies of his friends.

Hundreds of activists from Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz gathered outside the court, chanting pro-Sharif slogans as police and army Rangers guarded the venue.

Shehbaz Sharif is also the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, lower house of the parliament, and the PML-N lawmakers on Saturday called emergency meeting of the parliament to discuss the situation.

According to reports, (PML-N) president arrived in court in an armoured vehicle under the heavy securities.

His brother, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison by the same agency after the Supreme Court removed him from power. PML-N leaders Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khurram Dastgir and Saira Afzal Tarrar were, however, not allowed to enter the premises. The court then granted the anti-corruption body a 10-day physical remand of the younger Sharif. "PTI is responsible for this political victimisation and should be ready to reap what it is sowing today", he said.

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Sharif's defence lawyer rejected the NAB's assertions as "baseless".

This Saaf Pani Company was established by Shahbaz's previous Punjab government to conceive, plan, design, execute and manage projects for the provision of safe drinking water in terms of both access and quality, to communities living in rural areas of the province.

'Chaudhry Latif is an absconder in an anti-corruption case, ' Pervez said.

The opposition leader's son said that his father saved as many as Rs2300 billion of the national exchequer in different projects, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan's biases against the PML-N is now known to the people of Pakistan. It shows that the accountability body had failed to gather actionable evidence to seek a sentence of its choice despite the investigation in Ashiana Housing scam having started nearly a year back.

Shehbaz was arrested yesterday inside NAB's Lahore office where he was summoned to record his statement in connection with the embezzlement cases.

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