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Former premier Nawaz Sharif is now chairing a Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

The Sharifs were first released on a five-day parole by the Punjab government after the death of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz on Sept 11 to allow them to attend her funeral.

They said that they were waiting for the party leader's call in this regard.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, was detained for his alleged misappropriations in Ashiana Housing Scheme in Lahore during his tenure as the Punjab province Chief Minister from 2013 to 2018, Geo News reported. The body is expected to seek Shehbaz Sharif's remand. His daughter Maryam was awarded seven years and Capt Safdar one year sentence for abetment.

Shahbaz Sharif's vehicle returns from NAB Lahore's office.

Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has been arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at its Lahore office in the Rs14 billion Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme case. Shahbaz's son and opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz, who was also probed for presiding over the company's board of directors meetings many times to issue directions for award of contracts to favourite firms, said if this political victimisation continued, the PML-N would be on roads to fight this war. The PML-N Parliamentary Party said Shahbaz's arrest was made without seeking permission from the NA speaker. "This arrest which took place close to the by-elections shows that the government is scared of the PML-N".

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On his father's arrest Hamza Shehbaz said, "It's a joke that a man (Shehbaz Sharif) who saved this country's billions of rupees in various projects has been arrested".

Khursheed Shah, the leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, condemned the arrest, saying it was an "insult of the Pakistan's parliament", and accusing the Khan government of "taking revenge from the Sharif family whereas, Khan has failed in its initial months of the government".

Salman Shehbaz and key members of the Sharif family were also present during the meeting.

Asked what would precisely be the target of the PML-N strategy, Pervaiz Rashid said: "To restrain the government from its vindictive policies and garner public support for the party".

"Joint opposition will be protesting against Shehbaz's arrest soon", he added.


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