Upon arrival, he was handed over to the assembly’s junior sergeant of arms by NAB authorities at Gate Five of the building.
The PML-N president has been in custody of NAB since Oct 5 in the Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing scam. His production orders were issued by NA Speaker Asad Qaiser last week, after the opposition requested him to convene a session for a discussion on the matter.
Former leader of the opposition Khursheed Shah met Sharif in his chamber after the latter’s arrival. The leaders discussed opposition’s future course of action.
Shahbaz Sharif meets PPP leader Khursheed Shah in his chamber. — Photo courtesy Fahad Chaudhry
The PML-N president is expected to deliver a speech on the floor of the house. Members of the PML-N have also arrived and will register a strong protest against Sharif’s arrest, that took place earlier this month.
Before the session, Sharif will chair a meeting between PML-N’s parliamentary committee that will be held in the NA building. PML-N leaders, including Rana Sanaullah, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Asif Kirmani and Maiza Hameed, among others will attend the meeting.
Opposition demands NA sesssion
On Oct 6, lawmakers of a couple of opposition parties in both houses of parliament had met Speaker Qaiser at his residence and demanded immediate convening of an NA session, and sought the issuance of production orders for the leader of the opposition so that he could attend the session.
The delegation of opposition leaders comprised PML-N chairman and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and PML-N lawmaker Rana Tanvir.
During the meeting, the opposition leaders demanded that the NA session be summoned immediately so that they could raise the issue of Shahbaz’s arrest effectively.
Earlier this month, Sharif was arrested by NAB authorities in the Rs14 billion Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing project scam, when he visited the anti-corruption body’s Lahore office for a hearing. The arrest was termed as an attempt “to steal the by-elections” by Sadiq.