Nawaz to chair CEC meeting of PML-N over Shahbaz's arrest today

PML-N supporters protest outside NAB office in Lahore. — DawnNewsTV

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. And on Sept 19, the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentences and granted them bail till the disposal of their appeals.

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.

As Shehbaz reached the court, dozens of charged PML-N workers besieged his vehicle with some getting on it and chanting slogans in favour of their leader.

Earlier, Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz briefed Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence about the case against their father.

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A statement issued by the National Accountability Bureau said that it "has arrested former chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in Aashyana company case", and that he will face the accountability court on Saturday.

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.

Shahbaz was apprehended during his appearance before NAB in Saaf Pani Company scam.

Sources in the PML-N said the party had made a decision to lodge a strong protest inside parliament over Shahbaz Sharif's arrest and for that goal it had already submitted a requisition notice to the National Assembly Secretariat.

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The PML-N president had failed to satisfy the probing team of the bureau during the investigation and was ultimately arrested.

Sharif is opposition leader in the lower house of parliament.

Maryam Nawaz was also present during the meeting. They informed the speaker that a requisition for convening the session had already been submitted to the NA Secretariat.

Asked what would precisely be the target of the PML-N strategy, Pervaiz Rashid said: "To restrain the government from its vindictive policies and garner public support for the party". "PTI is responsible for this political victimisation and should be ready to reap what it is sowing today", he said.

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The Center-left Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) also condemned Shehbaz's arrest.

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