Pakistani court allows officials to quiz opposition leader

Nawaz Sharif with his daughter Maryam

MINGORA: PML-N activists here took out a protest rally here against the arrest of party president Shahbaz Sharif and called it a conspiracy against their party. "NAB has already produced an interim challan in the case and Shehbaz Sharif was arrested despite the submission of the challan", Sanaullah said.

A rare meeting last month between Prime Minister Imran Khan and NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal also raised eyebrows as the first-time premier is also facing an NAB probe over allegedly illegal use of government helicopters. About the performance of the PTI government, Imran said that till 100 days, it would complete its work in setting the future line of action, directions and road map, after which anyone may ask questions about its performance.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, was detained for his alleged misappropriations in Ashiana Housing Scheme in Lahore during his tenure as the Punjab province Chief Minister from 2013 to 2018, Geo News reported.

Earlier, Hamza and Salman met Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence and discussed the situation arising out of the arrest of their father in Ashiana Housing scam.

Shahbaz Sharif's vehicle returns from NAB Lahore's office. "Even the Peshawar High Court chief justice had inquired about this, asking as to whom the government had awarded the contract of Rs 71 billion metro bus project which could not be completed as yet", Hamza said, adding that Mr Khan's bias had been exposed as he got Shehbaz Sharif arrested for saving billions of rupees of people in various development projects.

He had reportedly appeared for a routine hearing of the Saaf Pani case - another major scandal against the PML-N leadership - when NAB officials arrested him in connection with the housing scam.

Accusing previous governments of looting wealth of the nation he said the PML-N and PPP were a "union of corruption" and when they faced accountability, they start terming it a threat to democracy.

She said no prior information or warrant was issued before arrest of Shahbaz Sharif.

Sharif is opposition leader in the lower house of parliament.

The PML-N huddle will also focused on what the party refers to as "politics of revenge".

The Center-left Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) also condemned Shehbaz's arrest. "PTI is responsible for this political victimisation and should be ready to reap what it is sowing today", he said.

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