LAHORE: An accountability court on Tuesday rejected the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request for a further extension in the physical remand of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Abdul Aleem Khan and sent him to jail on a 14-day judicial remand.
The PTI stalwart, who was arrested in cases pertaining to owning assets beyond his known sources of income and offshore companies, was brought to the court amid tight security. The court then sent back the former minister to jail on judicial remand till March 18.
Speaking to the media outside the court, PTI leader Shoaib Siddiqui said that “NAB had sought an extension in Aleem’s remand and stated that he did not declare his properties, although there is no document which the former minister did not share with officials of the accountability watchdog.”
“Aleem will be released soon,” Siddiqui claimed, while adding that “after consultations, we will soon file a bail plea on behalf of the former minister”.
NAB arrested Aleem Khan on February 6 in cases pertaining to owning assets beyond his known sources of income and offshore companies. Following his detention, Khan resigned from the post of Punjab local government minister.