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LHC Approves Khawaja Brothers’ Protective Bail

Lahore (October 15, 2018): Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has approved protective bail of former ministers Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique in Paragon Housing Society scandal till October 24.

During the hearing, the plaintiff adopted the stance that all the required data has already been submitted to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). However, it is feared that the Khawaja brothers would be arrested by the top accountability watchdog, he continued.

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Meanwhile, the court barred NAB from detaining the ex-ministers till October 24 and issued notices in this regard.

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Earlier today, Khawaja brothers along with their counsel reached Lahore High Court for the bail plea hearing.

Earlier on October 12,  names of Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique were blacklisted by the Immigration authorities.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders were blacklisted following the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

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A notification was issued by Directorate General, Immigration and Passports here.

The notification reads that Saad Rafique and Salman Rafique have been blacklisted “under ‘Category B’ for future passport facilities.”

They have been blacklisted as investigation against them was underway in Paragon Housing scandal.The anti-graft body has summoned the Saad Rafique and Salman on October 16.

Qaiser Amin Butt, ex-MPA PML has also been blacklisted on NAB’s request.

Earlier, there were reports that Saad Rafique and brother have been placed on ECL.

On October 11, the Islamabad High Court rejected PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique’s plea for a protective bail.

Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani were hearing Rafique’s petition.

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As the hearing went underway, the court asked why the petition had not been submitted to the Lahore High Court (LHC).

To this Rafique’s lawyer responded by saying that his client would have been arrested had he approached the LHC bench.

 The petitioner’s legal counsel contended that his client was to take part in the by-polls, which will be held on October 14. In response, Justice Farooq said that the court was not responsible for the election.

After initially reserving its verdict, the IHC bench rejected the petition.

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