Sanaullah demands to hold NA, Punjab sessions over Shehbaz's arrest

Dunya News

The PML-N leader warned of protests outside parliament in case the sessions do not take place.

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said Monday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif was arrested without proofs.

Talking to reporters in Lahore, Sanaullah said the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the party during its meeting condemned the arrest of Shehbaz Sharif.

“The opposition leader was arrested without proofs. Shehbaz Sharif’s arrest is an attack on democracy. It is a revenge tactic,” he added.

The PML-N leader on the occasion demanded to convene the sessions of National and Punjab assemblies and warned of protests outside parliament in case the sessions do not take place.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif chaired the CEC meeting to devise PML-N’s future course of action in the wake of arrest of party president Shehbaz Sharif.

According to details, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Hamza Shahbaz and ex-speaker of National Assembly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq attended the meeting.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif met Shehbaz at the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Lahore office to discuss future strategy.

Shehbaz Sharif was arrested in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme scam on October 5. The former chief minister has been charged with awarding illegal contracts to his favourite 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 Rs1.5 billion.