Nawaz, Hamza Meet Shehbaz Sharif in NAB Lahore Office on Sunday

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A source at the time said that Fawad had also provided "incriminating evidence" against the ex-chief minister in the Ashiana Housing corruption case, making it hard for him (Sharif) to defend himself before a combined investigation team of the NAB Lahore.

Since then, Mr Sharif stayed away from media and political activities and the party leaders defended him by claiming that presently he was in a state of mourning over the death of his wife and that he would soon start his political activities.

Pakistan's opposition leader and former chief minister of eastern Punjab province Shahbaz Sharif has been remanded for 10 days in a corruption case by the accountability court and he was handed over to the anti-graft body for further investigation here on Saturday, local media and lawyers said. The body is expected to seek Shehbaz Sharif's remand.

Earlier, the PML-N supremo met Shehbaz Sharif in National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) Lahore office to discuss future strategy.

Shahbaz was apprehended during his appearance before NAB in Saaf Pani Company scam. "Even the Peshawar High Court chief justice had inquired about this, asking as to whom the government had awarded the contract of Rs 71 billion metro bus project which could not be completed as yet", Hamza said, adding that Mr Khan's bias had been exposed as he got Shehbaz Sharif arrested for saving billions of rupees of people in various development projects. "Such actions will no more be tolerated".

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Shehbaz Sharif's was the first of several prominent arrests which will be made.

"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.

The bureau is also investigating Shehbaz Sharif in the clean water project scam, Paragon Housing Society scandal and Punjab Power Company corruption cases. They informed the speaker that a requisition for convening the session had already been submitted to the NA Secretariat. They deprecated the arrest of party leader and termed it as a plot to hamper the electoral campaign of PML-N for the upcoming by-polls.

Only last week, the two parties had announced their decision to field joint candidates in the Oct 14 by-elections. The PPP chairman said his party had no issues with accountability, but there must be no political victimisation in the name of accountability.

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