Lahore: Nawaz Sharif calls on Shehbaz Sharif at NAB office

PML-N quaid and ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. ─ File

PML-N quaid and ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. ─ File

The CEC meeting was called in the wake of party president Shehbaz Sharif's arrest by the anti-graft watchdog in a housing project scam ahead of Oct 14 by-polls.

Sharif, the brother of former PM Nawaz Sharif, was arrested on charges of corruption relating to a low-priced housing scheme in Punjab province, said Shahzad Saleem, the head of a regional anti-corruption body.

He will be kept in a highly-secured lock-up inside the NAB Lahore office until his appearance in court.

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

Supporters of PML-N gathered outside the bureau's office in Lahore amid presence of security personnel, Dawn reported.

If that happens, it would mean he would be unable to take part in nationwide by-elections on October 14 involving 30 parliamentary seats following July's general election.

Shahbaz Sharif is accused of violating the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority rules in the award of contracts in the Saaf Pani Company affairs.

In November 2017, NAB had launched a thorough probe into the affairs of the 56 public-sector companies formed by Shahbaz administration in Punjab for their alleged involvement in corruption. He has fled to the United Kingdom and the NAB has written to the interior ministry to bring him back from overseas through Interpol.

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As per details garnered, the Hamza Shahbaz and Salman Shahbaz met Nawaz Sharif at latter's residence in Jati Umra.

Nawaz Sharif has denounced corruption cases against him and his party's leaders as politically motivated, and both brothers deny any wrongdoing.

Accusing previous governments of looting wealth of the nation he said the PML-N and PPP were a "union of corruption" and when they faced accountability, they start terming it a threat to democracy.

Nawaz Sharif was ousted from his post past year by the Supreme Court after Panama Papers leaks revealed he and his family owned several apartments in London.

With the opposition parties having joined hands against the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, the Upper House of Parliament is all set to witness a tumultuous session today (Monday). And on Sept 19, the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentences and granted them bail till the disposal of their appeals.

The court ordered him remanded in custody for 10 days to be interrogated, his lawyer Azam Nazir Tarar said.

The Panama Papers case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in the 1990s when he twice served as Pakistan's prime minister to purchase assets in London.

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