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Opposition parties hold mock NA session outside Parliament House to protest Shahbaz's arrest

Dawn 2018-10-11 18:39:51

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), accompanied by parliamentarians from other opposition parties, on Thursday held a "mock session" outside the Parliament House to protest against the arrest of Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, DawnNewsTV reported.

The members of opposition parties gathered in great numbers outside the Parliament House, with some of them holding placards with anti-government slogans written on them. Former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq chaired the mock session, in which a ‘calling attention’ notice was presented regarding the arrest of Shahbaz Sharif.

Earlier this week, the PML-N had demanded that Shahbaz Sharif, who is currently in the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody, should be brought to parliament so he can present his case before the people of the country.

Sharif has been arrested on the charge that he tried to influence the transfer of a contract for the Ashiana Housing Scheme from one contractor to another.

On Wednesday, NA Speaker Asad Qaiser had issued directives to convene a session on October 17 while acting on a requisition made by the opposition parties. Additionally, the NA Secretariat also issued production orders to ensure the presence of Shahbaz Sharif.

The opposition parties, however, were adamant to protest outside the Parliament House, saying the NA speaker did not accept their demand for calling the NA session this week.

While addressing the mock session, PML-N Senator Mushahid Hussain said that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were put behind bars ahead of the general elections and now they have arrested Shahbaz Sharif ahead of the by-polls.