Pakistani anti-corruption officials arrested the country’s opposition leader on Monday, September 28, days after he vowed to help lead efforts to dislodge Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.
Shahbaz Sharif – who heads the opposition in the country’s National Assembly – was arrested in Lahore after the eastern city’s high court rejected a bail plea in a money-laundering case.
“We are not scared of these arrests,” said Marriyum Aurangzeb, spokeswoman for Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N).
Sharif is the brother of 3-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted over corruption allegations in 2017 and is currently residing in Britain after being released from prison in 2019 for medical treatment.
Maryam Nawaz – the daughter of the ex-premier – also confirmed her uncle’s arrest on Twitter.