The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday was unable to record the statement of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz in an illegal land requisition case as her party workers ran berserk and clashed with riot police in an attempt to force their way into the office of the national graft buster in Lahore.
Television channels showed chaotic scenes outside the NAB office as Maryam, daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif, drove in ac-companied by hundreds of PML-N activists and support-ers in vehicles and on foot.
The situation turned ugly when some activists in the PML-N caravan pelted stones at police, who responded by using batons, water cannons, and tear gas on the rioters.
Videos making the round on social media and aired by TV channels showed vehicles of PML-N activists loaded with sacks full of stones which, according to government minis-
FACE OFF: (Clockwise) TV footage shows bags of stones in a vehicle, which was part of Maryam’s convoy. Maryam Nawaz outside the NAB office. PML-N workers pelt police with stones.
PI ioRri AGENcirs, ExPREss ters, indicate the rioting was not spontaneous — a charge the opposition party denies. As soon as Maryam’s motorcade arrived, PML-N workers broke down the barricades in an attempt to storm their way into the NAB office, damaged public property, and threw stones at the riot police deployed there.
The government ministers say the “attack on the NAB of-fice” was reminiscent of the storming of Supreme Court building in 1997 by the sup-
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The riot police fired tear gas canisters and used batons and water cannons to disperse the violent activists. According to the PML-N spokesperson, the police rounded up around PA4L-N ACTIVISTS, PAGE 6