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Shehbaz slams NAB over arrest of ‘cooperating’ Zardari

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif lamented on Monday the issue of arrest warrant of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, demanding that production order be issued for the former president, who was taken into custody earlier in the day.

“Asif Ali Zardari cooperated with the NAB [National Accountability Bureau] and did not use any delaying tactic,” Shehbaz said in his address in the National Assembly.

He said that the anti-corruption watchdog should have appreciated Zardari’s conduct instead of “issuing arrest warrant”.

The PPP leader was arrested soon after the Islamabad High Court rejected his and sister Faryal Talpur’s bail plea in the fake bank accounts case.

The PML-N president demanded Asad Qaiser to issue the production order for Zardari.

“On behalf on my party and all opposition parties, I am requesting you [NA speaker] to issue production order for Asif Zardari for the sake of the sanctity of parliament,” Shehbaz said.

He also requested for a issuing production order for former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique.

The lower house witnessed scenes of chaos as opposition members chanted slogans against the government when deputy speaker Qasim Suri gave the floor to Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid instead of PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

As the commotion showed no signs of subsiding, Suri adjourned the proceedings until Tuesday, the day budget 2019/20 will be presented.

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