Sharif family’s ‘frontman’ remanded in NAB custody for 14 days


LAHORE: An accountability court on Tuesday handed over the custody of alleged Ramzan Sugar Mills manager Muhammad Mushtaq alias Chini to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 14-day physical remand.

NAB officials produced him in the court and sought his custody for 15 days for questioning in the cases involving Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and his sons.

The NAB prosecutor stated before the court that the accused transacted Rs500 million into Suleman Shehbaz’s account, adding that his custody was required for questioning with regard to a network involved in the money laundering scam.

After the initial hearing, the judge handed the accused over to the bureau on 14-day physical remand.

Mushtaq alias Chinia, said to be a frontman of Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz and his brother Suleman Shehbaz, was arrested after being offloaded from a Dubai-bound flight.

His name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the request of NAB. He had gone underground after the bureau started a probe into Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

According to a NAB statement, the suspect Muhammad Mushtaq deposited Rs500 million in his own account and then transferred it to the account of Suleman Shahbaz.