She­hbaz sent to Lakh­pat jail on ju­di­cial re­mand

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ISLAMABAD: Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PMLN) 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, Ex­press News re­ported.

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

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia af­ter for­mer premier Nawaz Sharif's hear­ing in the ac­count­abil­ity bu­reau, she said the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau's (NAB) de­ten­tion of sus­pects in closed cell vi­o­lates con­ven­tions of ba­sic hu­man rights.

The for­mer in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter claimed that the de­lay in the con­sti­tu­tion of the med­i­cal board has raised sev­eral

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