Shehbaz Sharif's arrest: PML-N submits requisition to call NA session

Shehbaz Sharif's arrest: PML-N submits requisition to call NA session

Islamabad (Staff Report): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday submitted a requisition to call a National Assembly (NA) session over opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif’s arrest.

A delegation of PML-N headed by Raja Zafarul Haq and comprising Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Murtaza Javed Abbasi and others visited NA speaker Asad Qaiser's residence to submit the requisition.

As per the requisition, a debate should be held in the Lower House over the arrest of the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly.

Talking to newsmen after the meeting with NA Speaker, PML-N leader Zafarul Haq said that Shehbaz Sharif was arrested without any reason.

On this occasion, former NA speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said, "We have requisitioned the NA session after consultation with the opposition." He expressed the hope that the NA session will be called in the next two days.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the requisition was officially submitted on October 6 which means the session has to be called in 14 days, however, we have requested the speaker to not wait for the entire fourteen days and call the session as soon as possible.

He added that he will also try to contact Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and speak to them about not creating any hindrance.

"Shehbaz was called for the Saaf Pani case and detained in the Asiahana Housing case. This is a case in which Shehbaz canceled the contract and gave it to the anti-corruption unit," he said and added that "not a single penny of the government was lost".

"This is political victimisation and statements from ministers prove that," Sadiq asserted.

Earlier, an accountability court on Saturday sent former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif on a 10-day physical remand.

On Friday The PML-N president was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case.

Shehbaz was arrested when he appeared before NAB to record his statement in the Punjab Saaf Pani Company case.

Former Punjab CM denied the allegations as "false and baseless" and his counsels opposed the NAB prosecutor's request to send him on a physical remand.

The PML-N leader requested that the hearing not be held in the chambers following which Judge resumed it in the open court.

The former Punjab CM told the court that the case against him "was made on political basis".

"I saved billions through intervention in a personal capacity," he said while rejecting NAB claims that he cause a huge loss to the national exchequer. "I saved Rs75 billion in Orange Line Train project."

"I sacrificed my sleep and health to work day and night in order to serve the nation," the former Punjab chief minister further said.

The leader of the opposition in NA asserted that he was not involved in corruption of even a single penny.

He said that revengeful action is being taken against PML-N and its leadership.