National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday has arrested former chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in 'Ashiana Company' case.

The PML-N president detained in NAB Lahore office in relation to Ashiana Company case.

The NAB alleged that the former CM has misused his authority during his tenure as Punjab chief minister and involved in corruption.

According to the media sources, NAB had summoned Shahbaz to appear before it at 11 am today and was detained when he appeared at the bureau's office later during the day to record his statement.

The NAB issued press release states that the former Punjab chief minister will be presented in an accountability court on Sunday.

Shahbaz was arrested after Fawad Hasan Fawad, the then implementation secretary, told NAB that he carried out corrupt activities in projects in Punjab over orders from Shahbaz Sharif, sources added.

In the investigation, Shahbaz told NAB that he will provide proof, NAB granted time to Shahbaz but he failed to produce any proof. Therefore, the anti-graft body summoned him today in Saaf Pani Company case, which is one of the 56 companies being investigated, sources further added.

PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb also confirmed that Shahbaz Sharif has been arrested by NAB. 

The PML-N president was also investigated by NAB in Ashiana Housing scandal, Paragon Housing Society scandal and Punjab Power Company corruption cases.

On June 26, NAB arrested Engineer Qamarul Islam Raja former chairman of Saaf Pani Company for his alleged role in awarding contracts to ‘favourites’.

The PML-N government had established Saaf Pani Company to plan, design, execute and manage safe drinking water projects in the province.