National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team along with a heavy contingent of police on Tuesday raided the residence of Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif in Model Town.
The NAB remained outside Shehbaz Sharif’s residence for about two hours, as the law-enforcement personnel cordoned off roads leading towards there. A few officials also went inside the house. However, after finding that Shehbaz was not at his residence, the team left the venue.
The raid came hours after Shehbaz ignored the third consecutive summons from the anti-graft watchdog to appear before it in assets beyond means and money laundering cases against him. Reportedly, Shehbaz sent a letter to the NAB citing health concerns for not going to the Bureau office.
The letter stated that “It’s a matter of public knowledge that spread of Pandemic (CovId-19) is at its peak nowadays. It has been widely reported in media that some officials of NAB working at the above said premises have also unfortunately been tested positive.”
Further, he explained in the letter, that he was 69 years old and a cancer survivor. He also told the CIT head that he had given answers to the questions asked by the team and attached those with the letter. As a substitute for his personal appearance, he offered contact via a video link.
NAB had summoned Shahbaz to appear before it to answer the questions personally, however he had approached the court for exemption. He also had written to the head of combined investigation team (CIT), refusing to appear personally citing his poor health and fear of contracting Covid-19.
As soon as news of the NAB raid was announced, several leaders and workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) gathered outside the party president’s home and resisted the police. Some alleged skirmishes and incidents of torture have also been reported. PML-N leader Khawaja Imran Nazir fainted during a clash with police amid harsh weather, according to PML-N supporters.
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