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PML(N) workers protest against Shehbaz Sharif's arrest



Protest broke out against the arrest of Shehbaz Sharif, as his angry supporters are party workers blocked the Shahadra Chowk in Lahore.

The protest was carried out by Malik Riaz, the Member of National Assembly from constituency NA-123 along with Sami Ullah Khan, the Member of Provincial Assembly from constituency PP-144.

The opposition leader of Pakistan and the former chief minister of Punjab province, Shehbaz Sharif was arrested by the country's anti-graft body on Friday for misusing authority and for his involvement in Rs. 1,400 crore housing scam.

Shehbaz is the younger brother of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was also allegedly involved in Rs 14 million Ashiana Housing Project and Rs 4 million Punjab Saaf Pani Company scams.

On Friday, Shehbaz appeared before an investigation team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Lahore, where he was arrested after failing to satisfy the investigators for his role in giving out contracts to his favourite firm in violations of rules in the Ashiana Housing Scheme and Punjab Saaf Pani Company.

Shehbaz, who is also the president of the Pakistan Mulsim League-N (PML-N) was on Saturday presented before the accountability court, which granted his 10-day physical remand to the NAB in the housing scheme case.

The arrest comes ahead of by-polls, which are scheduled for October 14.

The PML-N leaders have strongly condemned the arrest of their party president and termed it as a case of political victimisation, calling for an its immediate stop.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) also condemned the arrest of the opposition leader and termed it as 'an act of revenge' and insult to the country's National Assembly and Senate. They even asked the Imran Khan-led government to refrain from such 'malicious actions.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sat, October 06 2018. 17:36 IST