Shehbaz Sharif's arrest worst kind of political revenge: Marriyum

Dunya News

PTI is adopting such tactics as it cannot beat PML-N in politics.

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday has termed ex-Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif’s arrest as the worst form of political victimisation.

While talking to media in Lahore, Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Sharif was asked to appear before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to record his statement in Saaf Pani Company scam but he was later on arrested in Ashiana Housing scandal.

She said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is adopting such tactics as it cannot beat PML-N in politics.

The incumbent government is taking revenge from PML-N in the name of accountability by using NAB, the spokesperson alleged. 

She said PML-N’s government initiated a number of development projects in the country and served general public in an exemplary manner. PML-N has decided to constitute a committee to hold consultations over the arrest of party president Shehbaz Sharif, she announced.

Earlier today, Shehbaz Sharif was produced before accountability court in Lahore.

During the appearance, NAB prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua pleaded that Shehbaz Sharif inflicted millions of rupees loss on national exchequer by canceling scheme’s contract with Latif Sons and awarding it to CASA Developers. Shehbaz Sharif denied all the charges against him.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme scam on Oct 5. The former chief minister was charged with awarding illegal contracts to his favorite firm.

Shehbaz was apprehended during his appearance before NAB in Saaf Pani Company scam. Sources told that three files were tabled before him.

The Bureau quizzed Sharif regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy company for a survey of the Saaf Pani company.

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

The anti-graft watchdog has claimed that the company did not conduct any kind of survey but nevertheless was provided a lucrative sum of Rs 1.5 billion.

Sources said that ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s prinicipal secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad became an approver in the case.

Fawad Hasan Fawad , in his statement before NAB had claimed that he had awarded a contract to a “favourite firm” in the Rs14 billion Ashiana Housing project at the behest of Shehbaz Sharif.