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Accountability court extends Aleem Khan’s remand till March 5

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Aleem Khan, under the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), on Monday was presented before an accountability court in an assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and malpractices case.

 

Accountability court judge Najam-ul-Hassan presided over hearing of the case while NAB prosecutor pleaded with the court for a 15-day extension in remand of Khan.

 

Khan s defence counsel opposed another extension in his remand.

 

Subsequently after hearing arguments from both sides, the court sent Khan on an eight-day remand and ordered the NAB to produce him before the court on March 5.

 

On February 15, he was sent on a 10-day remand to the NAB Lahore.

 

Accountability Court Judge Najmul Hussain Bukhari will preside over hearing of the case while NAB officials will present an investigation report and seek extension in his remand.

 

On February 6, he was detained by the NAB while recording his statement in a case lined to an offshore company unveiled in the Panama Papers leaks.

 

On February 7, the court sent him on a nine-day physical remand in NAB’s custody.

 

During hearing of the case on February 15, the NAB’s prosecutor told the court that in 2003, Aleem Khan was an ordinary citizen and suddenly in 2007, he became millionaire with 35 companies.

 

“He was secretary of a housing society in 2000, three years later he was elected member Punjab Assembly. He bought properties in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom and Pakistan. But we cannot find the trail of where the money came from,” he told the court.

 

The bureau’s prosecutor maintained that the PTI leader concealed his assets.

 

The NAB prosecutor maintained that AED30 million were transferred from Pakistan to Dubai and the accused failed to provide details.

 

Contrarily, Aleem Khan’s counsel maintained that the money was sent from the account of Aleem’s mother and that his client has submitted all of his documents to the anti-graft watchdog body.

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