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Aleem Khan handed over to NAB on 9-day physical remand

LAHORE: A local accountability court on Thursday handed over Punjab senior minister and PTI leader Aleem Khan to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a nine-day physical remand.

Aleem Khan, who was arrested by the top anti-graft body on Wednesday in a graft case after he appeared before a NAB team, was produced before an accountability court of Lahore.

NAB prosecutor sought Aleem’s physical remand till February 15 in cases pertaining to assets beyond means. The court allowed the NAB prosecutor’s plea.

The senior minister was produced before the court amid tight security. The accountability court building was sealed off and contingents of police were deployed along the route.

Following his arrest on Wednesday, a NAB statement said his arrest was made in light of the Panama scandal investigation.

A NAB spokesman had said that Khan misused his authority as a lawmaker for his Parkview Housing Society. Aleem also owned assets beyond his means in Pakistan and overseas.

The former Punjab minister is further accused of forming A and A Company to acquire 1,500 Kanals in Lahore and its outskirts. The accountability bureau spokesperson said Aleem did not provide a satisfactory response on the acquisition of this land.

NAB stated that during his 2005 and 2006 visit to UAE and UK, Aleem Khan made several offshore companies.