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Lawyers object to NAB officials’ presence in meeting with Shehbaz

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif met his legal team on Friday at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office in Lahore.  

The legal team of Mr Sharif, who is in NAB custody on 14-day physical remand, included Amjad Pervaiz and Azam Nazeer.

Speaking to media, Mr Nazeer said they met the PML-N president who he said appeared to be a lot more content.

He said the meeting took place in the presence of NAB officials. A suspect can meet his lawyer without presence of any official and the Bureau can monitor their meeting through a camera, he contended.

An accountability court earlier on Tuesday extended the physical remand of PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif until Oct 30 for a probe into the Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing project scam.

The accountability judge extended Mr Sharif’s remand on the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

NAB officials produced the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly in court amid tight security on the completion of his 10-day physical remand.

As the judge resumed hearing of the case, a NAB lawyer pleaded with him to extend the remand of Mr Sharif for 15 more days.

He said the Bureau needed the PML-N president’s custody for further probe into the scam.

On Oct 6, Judge Najmul Hassan handed Shehbaz over in NAB custody on its request for questioning in the scam.

A NAB prosecutor requested the judge to remand the PML-N leader in their custody for interrogation for 15 days.

He said the former Punjab chief minister misused his powers, causing a huge loss to the national kitty.

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