Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz was on Thursday granted interim bail in a case related to his alleged involvement in the 1998 killing of five students in Lahore.
Shahbaz appeared in the anti-terrorism court hearing the case and applied for bail. The court, which had earlier ordered Shahbaz's arrest for failing to appear before it, granted him interim bail till December 8.
The PML-N leader said that he had been unable to appear in court because he had been sent to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia by "deception". He said the former Punjab chief minister and other officials responsible for sending him to Jeddah should also be booked by the court.
The court had on December 3 issued notices to Lahore's police chief and another officer for not arresting Shahbaz. The notices were issued in response to a contempt application that said the officers were not obeying the order to arrest Shahbaz, who was declared a proclaimed offender in the case.
The complainant's counsel, Aftab Bajwa, said the court had thrice issued orders to arrest Shahbaz and produce him in court. He alleged the police officers had committed contempt of court by not obeying the orders.
Shahbaz, whose nomination papers for the January 8 general election were rejected last week for his alleged involvement in the killings, had earlier informed the court through his lawyer that he could not appear before the judge because he was in exile and was not allowed to return to Pakistan by the government.
Sharif and his brother returned to Pakistan on November 25.