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Accountability court allows NAB to arrest Hamza Shehbaz

Accountability court allows NAB to arrest Hamza Shehbaz

LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Saturday permitted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action on the arrest warrants issued for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz.

“The suspect can be arrested by entering his house with the help of police,” the court said. “During the arrest, any unnecessary use of force should be avoided,” it further said.

Earlier today, NAB once again reached Shehbaz Sharif’s residence and cordoned it off in an attempt to arrest Hamza.

Contingents of police, Rangers and anti-riot force have surrounded Shehbaz’s 96-H Model Town residence, 24 hours after NAB first raided the PML-N president’s family residence to arrest Hamza. Police has been stationed outside the main gate of the house and contingents of female police officers are also present.

A large number of PML-N workers are staging a sit-in outside the residence. Earlier, police and party workers clashed as they attempted to reach the entrance of the Shehbaz family residence.

A large number of PML-N workers also reached the residence and clashed with police as they attempted to reach the gate of the house.

“We condemn the dictatorial tactics of this undemocratic government and the baton charge on unarmed workers,” he added.

Hamza further said, “It is unlawful to come for my arrest despite Lahore High Court orders. NAB should respect court orders.” Hamza shouldn’t hide behind workers: NAB additional director

Additional Director NAB Chaudhry Asghar while speaking to PML-N lawyer Atta Tarrar outside the Shehbaz family residence said, “We are here to arrest Hamza and should be allowed to go inside the house.” “We have Hamza’s arrest warrant,” the NAB additional director said.

Later speaking to the media, the NAB additional director said, “We are not being allowed inside the residence to arrest Hamza and no one is cooperating with us.”

“Hamza is a renowned politician and should behave like one. Hamza should not hide behind workers,” he asserted. “The whole Pakistan is watching that a renowned politician is hiding from arrest.”

The NAB additional director said, “I do not have any weapon on me and I am not a terrorist. I am here to arrest Hamza as per the law. There are multiple cases against Hamza — he was involved in money laundering and the country is not moving forward but we all can see who is moving ahead.”