PML-N seeks Shehbaz production orders for upcoming NA session

NA session has been called for October 29


Rameez Khan October 24, 2018
Shehbaz Sharif at a campaign rally in Lyari, Karachi on June 26, 2018. PHOTO:AFP

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Wednesday sought production orders for party president Shehbaz Sharif and submitted a requisition to Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser.

The National Assembly session, scheduled for October 29, will be the second NA session Shehbaz would attend – if production orders are issued – after being arrested in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case.

 

In the letter, former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq sought production order for the forthcoming session to ensure the leader of the opposition's presence.

Shehbaz sent on 10-day remand by accountability court in Ashiana scam

In a dramatic turn of events, the country’s top accountability watchdog had arrested the PML-N president over his alleged involvement in a multi-billion rupees Ashiana Housing Project scam. Shehbaz was arrested inside NAB's Lahore office where he was summoned to record his statement before a combined investigations team in connection with the Punjab Saaf Pani Company case.

Following the detention, the opposition submitted a requisition calling for a parliamentary session to discuss the sudden development. NAB produced Shehbaz at the session held on October 5 on the directives of Qaiser.

Addressing the house, the opposition leader claimed there was an unholy alliance between the ruling party and the anti-graft body. “This is the first time in history that an opposition leader is arrested without any charges in such a hasty manner,” he said.

Shehbaz Sharif arrested by NAB in Ashiyana Housing scam case

Shehbaz had claimed that NAB had informed him that there are no charges of corruption against him, but rather he was arrested on baseless allegations of aiding and abetting former army chief Gen (retd) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s brother Kamran Kayani.

At the end of his 10-day remand in the case, an accountability court in Lahore had extended custody by 14-days on October 16. Shehbaz is currently in NAB's custody.

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