Pakistani court allows officials to quiz opposition leader

Pakistani court allows officials to quiz opposition leader

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. However, Islamabad's High Court last month suspended the jail term, and granted bail to the former three-time premier.

Ms Aurangzeb, who served as information minister in the previous PML-N government, said the party believed that Shahbaz Sharif had been arrested as part of the ongoing policy of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to victimise its political opponents.

Since then, Mr Sharif stayed away from media and political activities and the party leaders defended him by claiming that presently he was in a state of mourning over the death of his wife and that he would soon start his political activities.

Earlier, Hamza and Salman met Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence and discussed the situation arising out of the arrest of their father in Ashiana Housing scam. The body is expected to seek Shehbaz Sharif's remand.

The PML-N president was arrested by NAB inside its Lahore office on Friday, where he was summoned to record his statement in connection with the Punjab Saaf Pani Company case.

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

Shehbaz Sharif is suspected of having illegally awarded contracts in the Aashyana (Shelter) project when he was chief minister of Punjab province. "This arrest which took place close to the by-elections shows that the government is scared of the PML-N".

Senior party leaders including Prime Minister Azad Jammu Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Chaudhry Sher Ali, Ameer Muqam and Engineer Khurram Datagir Khan along with others were also present at the meeting.

Sources went on to say, Shehbaz Sharif was arrested following conversation with Fawad Hassan Fawad.

During an informal chat with reporters on Saturday, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had said the procedure adopted for the arrest of the opposition leader was improper, adding that it appeared prima facie that the law had not been followed in the matter. "This is mere political victimization", he said.

"The fashion in which Shehbaz has been arrested is tantamount to humiliating the entire parliament", said Khursheed Shah, a PPP parliamentarian and former opposition leader.

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