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LAHORE: An accountability court on Tuesday extended judicial remand of former provincial senior minister Abdul Aleem Khan and directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file reference against him without delay.

Earlier, a NAB prosecutor told the court that the reference could be filed in 90 days after the arrest of a person.

However, the court observed that no one could be kept behind bars for long without submission of challan/reference by the prosecution.

The court extended the judicial remand of Khan till April 11 and directed NAB to file the reference by the next hearing.

Strict security measures were taken outside the judicial complex before the PTI’s leader was brought from the jail. Scores of party workers also gathered outside the complex to show solidarity with Mr Khan.

NAB alleges that Mr Khan being a public office holder acquired huge assets and established offshore companies that owned apartments and bank accounts. It said all these things were not proportionate to the known sources of income of the suspect.

Published in Dawn, April 3rd, 2019