PTI leader Jahangir Tareen invited lawmakers to dinner on Friday at his Lahore residence, sources said.
According to sources within House Tareen, more than 29 members of the national and provincial assemblies attended the gathering. Among them, eight were from the National Assembly, two were provincial ministers, four were provincial advisors and 21 were members of the Punjab Assembly.
The sources said among the National Assembly members were Raja Riaz, Sami Gillani, Riaz Mazari, Khwaja Shiraz, Mubeen Alam Anwar, Javed Waraich, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana and Ghulam Lali.
The two provincial advisors to have participated were Malik Nauman Langrial and Ajmal Cheema, the sources added.
According to the sources, the four provincial advisors in attendance were Abdul Hai Dasti, Ameer Muhammad Khan, Rafaqat Gillani and Faisal Jabwana.
The sources said that others there included Khurram Laghari, Aslam Bharwana, Nazeer Chohan, Asif Majeed, Bilal Waraich, Umar Aftab, Tahir Randhawa, Zawar Waraich, Nazeer Baloch, Ameen Chaudhry, Sajjad Waraich, Saman Naeem, Iftikhar Gondal and Aun Chaudhry.
Later, Nauman Langrial and Zawar Waraich spoke to the media.
“Jahangir Tareen is our asset. Justice must be served,” said Langrial.
He said that the lawmakers will collectively go to Prime Minister Imran Khan and ask that this is ensured.
Waraich said that “whatever is happening with Jahangir Tareen is unjust and we have gathered here in a show of solidarity”.
He said that while Pakistan has at least 80 sugar mills, cases are “only being made against Jahangir Tareen”.
“We demand that a probe be carried out against all of them,” Waraich said.
Earlier in the day, sources told Geo News that 36 bank accounts belonging to the PTI stalwart, his son and his wife have been frozen.
The move was made at the request of the Federal Investigation Agency, sources said.
The FIA has been tasked with probing the sugar crisis and is looking into the JDW Sugar Mills owned by Jahangir Tareen.