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Shehbaz Sharif Reaches Parliament House

Islamabad (October 17, 2018): A two-member team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday escorted Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to the Parliament House.

According to details, Shehbaz Sharif reached Islamabad at 9:30 am where he will attend NA session after an hour.

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Earlier, Speaker NA, Asad Qaiser summoned the session of the assembly on October 17, while PML-N submitted requisition to call National assembly’s session immediately soon after the arrest of Shehbaz Sharif.

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Speaker Asad Qaiser had issued production orders for the former Punjab chief minister to attend the joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday (today).

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On the other hand, the meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary party will be held at the Parliament House today (Wednesday) to chalk out strategy for the special session of the National Assembly.

The PML-N and other opposition parties will also protest the arrest of opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif by the NAB authorities during the National Assembly session.

Earlier on October 11, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), accompanied by parliamentarians from other opposition parties, on Thursday held a “mock National Assembly session” outside the Parliament House to protest the arrest of Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif.

The mock session has approved seven resolutions condemning NAB action and arrest of opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif.

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The resolutions termed the allegations on Shehbaz Sharif baseless and act of revenge, condemned NAB for causing the loss of Rs 2800 billion to the national exchequer, making CPEC controversial and accepting of IMF hard conditions for the loan.

Chanting “shame, shame”, members of the alliance led by former National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq gathered outside the Parliament House and protested the arrest of the younger Sharif brother and the National Assembly’s failure to summon a session on the matter. PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, addressing the protest, said there were no corruption allegations against Shehbaz Sharif. “Yet still, he was arrested but Babar Awan, [who is involved in corruption] and the biggest dacoit in Punjab Pervez Elahi have not been arrested,” he lamented.

If political victimisation is not ended, we will take the protest beyond the Parliament, Sanaullah warned.

Another PML-N leader Asif Kirmani claimed that the opponents were scared about by-elections and therefore, Shehbaz Sharif was arrested.

Members of opposition parties gathered in great numbers outside Parliament House, with some of them holding placards with anti-government slogans written on them. Former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq chaired the mock session, in which a ‘call to attention’ notice was also presented regarding the arrest of Shahbaz Sharif.Earlier , the PML-N had demanded that Shahbaz Sharif, who is currently in the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody, should be brought to parliament so he can present his case before the people of the country.

Sharif has been arrested on the charge that he tried to influence the transfer of a contract for the Ashiana Housing Scheme from one contractor to another.

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