“There have been many attempts to break the PML-N and weaken its supremo Nawaz Sharif over the last two and a half years,” The News International quoted Asif as saying. The Pakistani newspaper quoted PML-N leader as saying that he was “100% sure” that Prime Minister Imran Khan was behind his arrest.

Following Asit’s arrest, Maryam Nawaz addressed reporters and said that Khawaja Asif had been told all cases against him would be written off if he stood against Nawaz Sharif. When a reporter asked Khawaja Asif to elaborate on Maryam’s statement, the lawmaker said, “This is what we are all being told.”

“I was given a charge sheet that assets increased but NAB has not conducted any investigation in the matter. I have been facing this case for over two years, first in Rawalpindi then in Lahore,” he said.

 On Tuesday Khawaja Asif was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Islamabad pertaining to acquiring assets beyond means of income. Asif held an iqama (work permit) from 2004 to 2008, adding that he earned a total of Rs 136 million for his services as a consultant legal adviser, Nawazish Ali, bureau’s spokesperson said. Citing the NAB, Dawn reported that the evidence shows Asif established the Kent Housing Society, which has been operating illegally.