Bilawal asks NAB chief to hold his officials accountable
KARACHI (92 News) – Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Wednesday asked National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Justice Javed Iqbal to hold his officials accountable.
Bilawal Bhutto met Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. Addressing a press briefing after a meeting, the PPP chairman strongly condemned the arrest of Agha Siraj Durrani, adding that the speaker was apprehended without any proofs.
Bilawal demanded from the NAB chief to take action against his officials for violations otherwise this work would be done by its party. He said that he came to the assembly for expressing solidarity with Agha Siraj Durrani. He said that the speaker’s designation is constitutional and the NAB attacked on the sanctity of the provincial assembly.
He mentioned that the speaker was arrested by the anti-graft institution made by former president Pervez Musharraf. “The law of NAB is the black law. Anyone can be alleged the Assets beyond income case. The NAB raided on the house of speaker and violated sanctity of four-walls,” he said. “We will not bear this human rights violation,” he added.
Bilawal said that in this way neither justice can be provided nor the system can run. He said that the Sindh Assembly approved the resolution of Pakistan and the post of Speaker Sindh Assembly does not belong to the PPP. “Attack on the Sindh Assembly is unfortunate.”
He said that without any proof Agha Siraj Durrani was arrested and now the officials are searching for evidence. He said that no court has sent them a notice, but they have been given a sentence without being heard in the corruption references. “This doesn’t happen in any democracy and civilized country,” he said.
He explained that the NAB chairman did not take action on the big violation of human rights. “It seems to be that the anti-graft watchdog chief is supporting the human violation,” he said. He further said that the NAB should not be used for the political engineering, he added.
Failure of PPP not to amend black law of NAB
Bilawal said that the NAB law is black law and it was also failure of the PPP government not to amend the black law. The PPP chairman asked the purpose behind taking suo motu notice of fake account case during election campaign, adding that injustice is being done against him. “Free and fair trial is our right under Article 10 of the constitution,” he said.
Bilawal raises voice against banned organizations
Raising voice against banned organizations, the PPP chairman said why the incumbent government was not taking action against banned outfits. “How would the government assure the opposition that action is being taken against the banned organizations,” he added.
Bilawal said that why a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is not constituted against the proscribed organisations, adding that the investigation should be don how they get assets.
“Zardari was sentenced only on a one call but no case was lodged against the banned outfits. Why the NRO impression was given to the banned out fits. Three ministers are in contact with these organizations and they should be sacked from their designations,” he mentioned.
NAB arrests Agha Siraj Durrani
Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court granted three-day transit remand of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.
According to the reports, 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.