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NAB arrests Hamza Shehbaz as LHC dismisses plea for extension of interim bail

NAB arrests Hamza Shehbaz as LHC dismisses plea for extension of interim bail
June 11, 2019
LAHORE (92 News) – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz after Lahore High Court (LHC) Judge Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi dismissed his plea for extension of his interim bail on Tuesday. After the arrest, the NAB officials shifted Hamza Shehbaz to NAB Headquarters, Thokar Niaz Baig. The applications for bail were rejected after he withdrew them. Hamza Shehbaz had moved the LHC for the interim bail in assets beyond income and Ramazan Sugar Mills cases. Hearing the plea, the judge remarked that everything in court will be done as per law and justice. Earlier, the court rejected Hamza Shehbaz’s plea for documents. The NAB prosecutor told court Hamza Shehbaz was summoned several times, but he did not turn up. Hamza Shehbaz’s counsel said that the NAB is just leveling allegations and it had nothing.
LHC extends Hamza Shehbaz’s interim bail till June 11
On June 3, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had extended the interim bail of Hamza Shehbaz till June 11. During the hearing, Azam Nazir Tarar, counsel for Hamza Shehbaz, had prayed to court to postpone the hearing. “It has been tradition of the LHC to postpone the case during official holidays,” he said. The court asked Hamza Shehbaz to join the investigation like a common man. It remarked that slogans are being chanted daily and High Court has been made Mochi Gate. The court also expressed anger when the NAB prosecutor mentioned wrong reference number of the Saaf Pani case. The counsel said that they considered themselves below the common man. “Today everyone is getting bail.”