Nawaz chairs party huddle in Lahore

Minnie Murray
October 8, 2018

According to sources, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif's arrest and the strategy for the by-polls scheduled for October 14 will be discussed during the meeting.

The meeting held at the party's main center in Model Town was presided over by the former prime Minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif to devise its future course of action in the wake of arrest of its party president Shehbaz Sharif.

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Saturday granted a 10-day remand of opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif to the country's top anti-graft body in a Rs 1,400 crore housing scam, the latest setback to the embattled Sharif family.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif, who maintained a low profile in politics ever since his release from prison, chaired the CEC meeting.

They said that they were waiting for the party leader's call in this regard.

Yesterday, Hamza Shehbaz met Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz at their Jati Umra residence to discuss the younger Sharif's arrest. The body is expected to seek Shehbaz Sharif's remand.

Shahbaz Sharif's vehicle returns from NAB Lahore's office.

"We will prove that allegations against Shahbaz Sharif are baseless", he said. Coming down heavily on Shahbaz Sharif and criticising his role as Punjab chief minister he said those making hue and cry over the arrest of Shahbaz Sharif, in fact, feared their own arrest in near future over their alleged corruptions during the tenure of previous governments.

Led by PML-N district president Shiraz Khan and district general secretary Dildar Khan, the demonstrators were holding placards inscribed with anti-government slogans.

On his father's arrest Hamza Shehbaz said, "It's a joke that a man (Shehbaz Sharif) who saved this country's billions of rupees in various projects has been arrested".

Pakistan Peoples Party leader Khursheed Shah condemned the arrest, calling it an insult to Parliament. They informed the speaker that a requisition for convening the session had already been submitted to the NA Secretariat.

Meanwhile, reacting to the arrest, senior PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah claimed that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was using NAB as a "political tool".

Only last week, the two parties had announced their decision to field joint candidates in the Oct 14 by-elections. "This is mere political victimization", he said.

"Joint opposition will be protesting against Shehbaz's arrest soon", he added.

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