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PPP leaders seek protective bails over fearing of NAB’s arrest

PPP leaders seek protective bails over fearing of NAB’s arrest
February 22, 2019
KARACHI (92 News) – The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leaders of have filed applications for protective bail for fearing of the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) arrests. According to the details garnered, the PPP leaders started to seek protective bails against action by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) increased in the wake of the February 20 arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. Former Sindh minister Jam Khan Shoro and ex-federal minister Aijaz Jakhrani have approached the Sindh High Court for pre-arrest bail. Submitting his application, Shoro said he was facing multiple NAB inquiries and had already acquired protective bail in some cases from the SHC. However, the PPP leader said he was apprehensive that the anti-graft body could soon move to arrest him in another case. Shoro’s petition requested the SHC to bar NAB from conducting further inquiries against him and to declare the court’s permission mandatory for his arrest. Apart from Shoro, former federal minister Jakhrani also filed an application for protective bail. He is facing an inquiry related to the accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income. The SHC barred the NAB to take any action against any Shoro and issued notices to the NAB director general and other on March 14. The court also accepted the protective bail of Jakhrani on behalf of one million rupees. Provincial minister Taimoor Talpur also requested from the court to stop the NAB for arresting him. However, the court accepted Talpur’s protective bail till March 29 on behalf of 0.5 million rupees. The SHC also approved the protective bail of member of provincial assembly Raja Razzaq and directed to submit one million rupees.
NAB arrests PPP Leader Agha Siraj Durrani
Earlier, the NAB Karachi team arrested Agha Siraj Durrani from Islamabad and shifted to the Rawalpindi NAB office. After some hour, the SIndh Assembly speaker was presented to the accountability court where the court granted three-day transit remand. During the hearing, the NAB requested to grant seven-day transit remand; however, Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir granted three-day transit remand and said that the accused will be presented in Karachi within three days. It was also reported that the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leader was taken into custody from a five-star hotel in Islamabad. Durrani has been arrested in a case pertaining to owning assets beyond his known sources of income. Last year, NAB had initiated three separate inquiries against Durrani over funds embezzlement and disproportionate assets charge. The anti-graft watchdog had summoned the speaker several times to appear before the anti-graft watchdog body for interrogation in the case, however, Durrani failed to comply with the order which led to his arrest by NAB.