Nawaz Sharif chairs PML-Ns CEC meeting in Lahore

Pakistan: PMLN chief Shehbaz Sharif arrested in water scam

The Sharif family's advocate Amjad Ppervaiz told reporters that he is an opposition leader in the National Assembly and he can not be arrested without the permission of the Speaker.

According to PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, the party leadership has convened the meeting at Model Town in Lahore at 11am to discuss the situation after the arrest of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif by NAB and devise the party's future strategy.

He will be produced before an accountability court for remand tomorrow.

Following his arrest, Shahbaz was locked up in Lahore's NAB office.

A Pakistani court on Saturday said it would allow the country's anti-graft body to hold opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif for 10 days to interrogate him about alleged links to a multi-million dollar housing scam, his party said.

Shahbaz, the PML-N president, was detained by NAB officials and his vehicle was sent away.

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

A heavy contingent of Rangers has been posted outside NAB Lahore.

The activists gathered at PML-N district office and marched to Karnal Sher Khan Chowk where the leaders addressed the rally. The arrest came a little over a week ahead of the by-polls scheduled for October 14.

The inquiry conducted by the anti-graft watchdog states that Shehbaz, as the chief minister of Punjab, unlawfully assumed powers of Board of Directors of Punjab Land and Development Company (PLDC), misused his authority and acted in connivance with Fawad Hassan Fawad who at the time was Implementation Secretary to Punjab CM. "All I can say is that all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law,". A source at the time said that Fawad had also provided "incriminating evidence" against the ex-chief minister in the Ashiana Housing corruption case, making it hard for him (Sharif) to defend himself before a combined investigation team of the NAB Lahore. The Bureau quizzed Sharif regarding a tender awarded to a private consultancy company for a survey of the Saaf Pani company.

Quoting unnamed officials, local broadcaster Geo TV reported that Shehbaz had been summoned by NAB officials for investigation but was taken into custody after he allegedly was unable to "satisfy" a three-member investigation team.

He has previously appeared before NAB on a couple of occasions in both the cases and recorded his statement.

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