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PML-N to hold protests inside Pak Parliament against arrest of party president Shehbaz Sharif

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

The Muslim League-on Monday decided to protest inside Parliament against the arrest of of Opposition on charges of corruption, as former Sharif resumed his political activities, nearly three weeks after his release from jail.

The decision to launch protests inside Parliament was taken during a (CEC) meeting of the PML-N chaired by Sharif, the elder brother of Shehbaz, who is accused of corruption in a Rs 1,400 crore housing scam.

The meeting, held in Model Town, Lahore, was attended by the party's CEC members, Geo reported.

During the meeting, the party members decided to protest against Shehbaz's arrest last Friday and Sunday's press conference by inside Parliament.

This was the first formal party meeting that Nawaz Sharif, 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, 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, Dawn newspaper reported.

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.

On Saturday, an accountability court granted the a 10-day physical remand of former Punjab Shehbaz in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.

According to PML-N Marriyum Aurangzeb, the party believed that Shahbaz was arrested as part of the policy of Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf to victimise its political opponents.

"Shahbaz Sharif's arrest just before by-elections on October 14 is unacceptable," she said. "Such actions will no more be tolerated."

She said that after in-house consultation and discussion, the PML-N would consult other pposition parties to take them into confidence as well.

The opposition members also urged the to issue production order for under rules to enable him to attend the session.

Dawn also reported that PML-N leaders were also in touch with the Peoples Party (PPP) and were hopeful of getting a positive response.

Only last week, the two parties had announced their decision to field joint candidates in the October 14 by-elections.

During an informal chat with reporters on Saturday, PPP had said the procedure adopted for the arrest of Shehbaz Sharif, the was improper, adding that it appeared prima facie that the law had not been followed in the matter.

Bhutto said his party had no issues with accountability, but there must be no political victimisation in the name of accountability.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 19:35 IST