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The PM, while responding to the allegations leveled against him that the arrest of Shahbaz Sharif was a kind of political victimisation, said NAB (National Accountability Bureau) was not under his command, it is an independent organisation, and it was also summoning him in a case, he added.

Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of three-time Premier Nawaz Sharif, was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the northeastern city of Lahore in connection with a housing scam, a NAB spokesman told reporters.

Former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif will preside over the meeting, which will be his first political activity after the death of his spouse Kulsoom Nawaz (Sept 11) and his release along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar from the Adiala jail on Sept 19 when a two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentences in the Avenfield reference. She said party workers and leaders are united.

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

Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, was accused by the country's anti-graft body of corruption in the Ashiana Housing case.

Shahbaz Sharif's vehicle returns from NAB Lahore's office. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the arrest of party president Shahbaz Sharif. "Such actions will no more be tolerated".

The PML-N president had failed to satisfy the probing team of the bureau during the investigation and was ultimately arrested.

Sources in the PML-N said the party had chose to lodge a strong protest inside parliament over Shahbaz Sharif's arrest and for that objective it had already submitted a requisition notice to the National Assembly Secretariat.

The bureau is also investigating Shehbaz Sharif in the clean water project scam, Paragon Housing Society scandal and Punjab Power Company corruption cases.

"The fashion in which Shehbaz has been arrested is tantamount to humiliating the entire parliament", said Khursheed Shah, a PPP parliamentarian and former opposition leader. They informed the speaker that a requisition for convening the session had already been submitted to the NA Secretariat.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said PML-N leaders are reviewing the situation and the party will form a strategy after thorough deliberations on the issue.

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


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