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Pak's top anti-graft body summons son of PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Pakistan's top anti-graft body has summoned Salman Shahbaz, son of Muslim League-Nawaz chief Shehbaz Sharif, on Wednesday in a case pertaining to accumulation of assets beyond the known sources of income.

Shehbaz has already been in the custody of the (NAB) till October 16 in a physical remand in the Rs 1,400 crore Ashiyana housing scam case.

The NAB on Monday issued summons to Salman to appear before a joint investigation team on Wednesday in a complaint regarding building assets beyond his known sources of income.

Salman is managing the business affairs of the Shehbaz family.

The NAB arrested Shehbaz on Friday last for allegedly awarding the contract of the housing project to a favourite firm after cancelling the contact of the successful bidder.

Former has alleged that Shehbaz was arrested at the behest of He said NAB's action against the members is a political victimisation.

The PML-N has said it will launch a protest movement against the Tehreek-i-Insaf-led coalition government for targeting its political opponents.

The decision to launch protests was taken during a meeting of the PML-N chaired by Nawaz, the elder brother of Shehbaz.

The PML-N also adopted a resolution against the arrest of its leadership days before the October 14 by-elections.

This was the first formal party meeting that Nawaz, 68, chaired since after his release from in last month.

The former premier, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and (retd) were released from prison on September 19 after the suspended their sentences in the Avenfield corruption case.

The has suspended their sentences and granted them bail till the disposal of their appeals.

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

However, the PML-N leaders now claim that due to the "sudden arrest" of his 67-year-old younger brother, the three-time former has been forced to jump into the political arena in order to boost the morale of the party workers.

Meanwhile, PML-N lawmaker and former said that the party would stage protests outside the and on Wednesday if their sessions are not called by then.

"If did not pay attention to this protest, then this protest will not remain confined to the parliament," he warned and demanded Shehbaz, who was of the opposition in the National Assembly, should be brought to the NA session.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 18:05 IST