The Accountability Court on Thursday approved the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) request for a seven-day transit remand of  Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif .

The leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, who has been in NAB’s custody since October 5 in connection to the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case, was presented before the accountability court in Lahore as NAB requested for his transit remand.

During today's hearing, the former Punjab chief minister presented arguments in his own defense and said, “False cases were formed against me.”

“NAB officials blackmail me. I have blood cancer and am not being permitted a medical check-up,” Shehbaz told the court.

Earlier, on November 10, Shehbaz's physical remand was extended till November 24. On November 6, an accountability court in Islamabad had extended the PML-N president's transit remand till November 10 to enable him to attend NA sessions.

Earlier this morning, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif was presented before the Accountability Court today as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sought his transit remand.

National Speaker Asad Qaiser has issued production orders for Shehbaz to attend a November 23 session called by opposition parties.

Ahead of Shehbaz’s arrival in court, security has been tightened and roads leading to the premises have been blocked.

Shehbaz will be taken to the Lahore airport and will be flown to Islamabad so he can attend tomorrow’s NA session.

NAB accused Shehbaz of misusing his powers while being the chief minister of Punjab in an inquiry pertaining to Punjab Land Development Company (PLDC).