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Judicial remand of Saad Rafique, his brother extended by 16-day

LAHORE:  The judicial remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) incarcerated leaders Khwaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khwaja Salman Rafique were extended by 16 days.

The duo was produced before an accountability court after expiry of their judicial remands amid tight security.

The siblings are facing a NAB case relating the Paragon Housing scam. The court extended their remand by 16 days.

At the outset of the hearing, accountability court judge Syed Najmul Hasan inquired about progress in the reference against the Khawaja brothers. The investigation officer informed the court that a reference against them in the Paragon Housing scam would be filed within 90 days of their arrest.

Ordering that a final report be submitted against the Khawaja brothers, the court directed the investigation officer to “work fast and file a reference”.

On February 2, the accountability court had sent the Khawaja brothers to jail on 14-day judicial remand after rejecting the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request for an extension in their physical remand.

Saad and Salman Rafique were taken into custody by NAB on December 11 after their request for bail was turned down by the Lahore High Court.