Court extends Aleem Khan’s physical remand till Mar 5


LAHORE: An accountability court on Monday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) an extension in the physical remand of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan till March 5.

NAB officials presented the former Punjab local government minister before an accountability court and sought an extension in his physical remand.

Aleem was arrested on February 6 for owning assets beyond known sources of income and offshore companies. NAB had summoned the PTI leader in an ongoing probe against him and taken him into custody when he appeared at the accountability watchdog’s office in Lahore.

Following his arrest, NAB had issued a statement stating his arrest was made in light of the Panama scandal investigation.

A NAB spokesman said that Aleem misused his authority as a lawmaker for Parkview Housing Society. Aleem also has assets beyond his means in Pakistan and overseas.

The former Punjab minister is further accused of forming A and A Company to acquire 1,500 Kanals land in Lahore and its outskirts. The accountability bureau spokesperson said Aleem failed to provide a satisfactory response when asked about the acquisition of this land.

NAB stated that during his 2005 and 2006 visits to UAE and UK, Khan acquired several offshore companies.

Soon after his arrest, Khan resigned from the post of Punjab local government minister and sent his resignation to the provincial chief minister.