Shehbaz sent to jail on judicial remand by accountability court

LAHORE, Dec 06 (INP): Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif was sent to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison on judicial remand by an accountability court on Thursday.

Presented before accountability court judge Syed Najamul Hasan, the prosecution failed to convince the court for an extension in Shehbaz’s physical remand and the court rejected the request after hearing the prosecution’s arguments.

The PML-N president was presented before the accountability court amid tight security. Large contingents of police were deployed on routes leading to the premises and reinforced by elements of the provincial capital’s anti-riot force.

Water cannons and Rangers were also present in the area to further bolster police presence.

The police baton-charged PML-N supporters as Shehbaz was brought to the court for a hearing related to the Ashiana Housing scam case.

Scores of PML-N workers, who were present outside the accountability court, clashed with riot police as law enforcers used force to disperse them after the workers tried to break through the barriers placed around the premises. Many workers were also arrested by the police.

On Wednesday, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had said immediate steps should be taken for the medical treatment of Shehbaz.