Jang group owner remanded in NAB custody for 12 days

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Jang group owner remanded in NAB custody for 12 days

LAHORE: An accountability court on Friday gra­nted 12-day physical rem­and of Jang group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman to the National Accounta­bi­lity Bureau (NAB) in a case relating to a 54-kanal land allegedly allotted to him in 1986 by the then Punjab chief minister Nawaz Sharif.

NAB arrested Mr Reh­man on Thursday when he made his second appearance before its combined investigation team.

At the outset of the hearing, NAB assistant director/investigation officer Abid Hussain informed the court that the suspect was accu­sed of illegally obtaining exe­mption of 54 plots each measuring one kanal situated in Block-H, Johar Town. He said the allotment of the land had been made in connivance with then chief minister Nawaz Sharif against the exemption policy and laws for monetary gains.

The investigation officer said the suspect had applied for the exemption as “general attorney” of the original owners. He said the exemption granted beyond 30 per cent quota by a public office holder needed an inquiry into the matter.