LHC restrains NAB from arresting Hamza Shehbaz until further notice

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday restrained the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz until further notice.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Malik Bashir Ahmed Khan heard the PML-N leader’s bail petition. Restraining the accountability watchdog from arresting Hamza until further notice, the court sought a detailred reply from NAB.

Further, the court directed Hamza to submit bail bonds worth Rs10 million.

NAB had carried out two successive raids on Friday and Saturday at PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif’s Model Town residence to arrest Hamza.

On Saturday, the LHC issued a short order granting interim bail to Hamza until April 8. The high court’s written order stated that an interim protective bail has been granted to Hamza “in order to enable the petitioner to approach” the concerned bench for the hearing of a bail plea that was filed on April 4. Advocate Amjad Pervez had appeared before the LHC on Hamza’s behalf and argued that Hamza had filed a request for interim bail.