Senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif blamed Prime Minister Imran Khan for his arrest as the accountability court of Islamabad on Wednesday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) his daylong transit remand.
NAB will produce Mr Khwaja before the accountability court of Lahore on Thursday (today) to get his physical remand in connection with an inquiry into 'assets beyond means'.
NAB produced the former defence minister before the accountability judge Mohammad Bashir. Jahangir Khan Jadoon, counsel for Mr Khwaja, told the court that NAB Islamabad's directorate on the complaint of Usman Dar - who had lost the 2018 election against the PML-N leader - had already probed these allegations against his client and closed the inquiry. However, he said, the matter was transferred to NAB Lahore which had issued Mr Khwaja's arrest warrants.
NAB gets PML-N leader's transit remand
Mr Jadoon requested the court to set aside the arrest warrant through a judicial order.
On the other hand, NAB's prosecutor said that the application in hand sought grant of transit remand of Mr Khwaja to shift him to the court of competent jurisdiction in Lahore.
He sought four-day transit remand but Mr Khwaja's lawyer opposed it and said as Lahore was located at four-hour drive from Islamabad, the transit remand should not be of more than a single day.
Mr Khwaja told the court that NAB had taken him into custody without informing him about the grounds for his arrest in a proper way.
He said that an unsigned paper was shown to him which the NAB officials attributed to his arrest.
The arrest warrant reads: 'the inquiry conducted so far reveals sufficient evidence to prove involvement of accused Khawaja Mohammad Asif, ex Federal Minister in the commission of offences as defined under section 9(a)...