LAHORE: On Wednesday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPAs protested outside the Punjab Assembly against its failure to call a session over party president Shehbaz Sharif’s arrest.
The PML-N lawmakers also attempted to enter the Punjab Assembly premises by climbing walls.
The main gate of the provincial assembly was blocked off with barbed wires and contingents of police were deployed following the PML-N’s announcement to stage a protest at the assembly’s stairs.
Ahead of the protest, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had said, “Not allowing the lawmakers to protest is proof of the government’s anti-democratic behaviour.”
“The responsibility of any untoward incident will lie with the Punjab Assembly speaker and the government,” she had said.
Shehbaz president was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case and sent on a 10-day physical remand.
The PML-N, during the meeting of its Central Executive Committee (CEC), decided to protest inside the Parliament over Shehbaz’s arrest. The party had also given a deadline which expired on Tuesday for summoning sessions of the National and Punjab assemblies.