Bilawal terms NAB raid at Shehbaz Sharif’s house as undemocratic
KARACHI (92 News) –Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday termed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) raid at Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif’s Model Town house as undemocratic.
The PPP chairman condemned NAB raid at Shehbaz Sharif’s Model Town house without any warrant.
Bilawal Bhutto took to Twitter and posted, “If leader of the opposition @CMShehbaz’s home has been raided by NAB without a warrant then it is highly condemnable.” He said PPP doesn’t oppose accountability but political vendettas.
The PPP chief further criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and said, “Yet another authoritarian and undemocratic move by the government.”
If leader of the opposition @CMShehbaz’s home has been raided by NAB without a warrant then it is highly condemnable. PPP doesn’t oppose accountability but we oppose political vendettas in the name of accountability. Yet another authoritarian & undemocratic move by the government
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 5, 2019
NAB raids Shehbaz Sharif’s residence to arrest Hamza
Earlier today, the NAB conducted a raid at the residence of Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to arrest Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz.
According to a press release by NAB, a team had gone to the residence to arrest Hamza Shehbaz on the basis of evidence against him in the assets beyond means and alleged money laundering case.
The press release added that NAB officials were bullied by Hamza Shehbaz’s guards, their clothes were torn and death threats were given.
“NAB officials had gone to the residence with an arrest warrant and the Supreme Court had stated that the accountability bureau did not require to inform any accused prior to arresting them,” read the press release.
The press release stated that Hamza Shehbaz had violated the law and the bureau on the basis of evidence against and in light of Supreme Court directives would arrest him.
Talking outside the residence, Hamza Shehbaz said for the first time he felt like a terrorist as this was the type of action taken against them. “SC has said that NAB has been politicised.
Hamza Shehbaz said he had felt like a terrorist because of the way NAB had raided the residence. “The sanctity of the home was violated,” he said. “We are Pakistanis […] For the first time, I felt like we are terrorists, the way the raid was conducted,” he added.
“Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered in his case had not been dismissed by the Supreme Court. NAB personnel thinking they were Superman came to arrest me,” he added.
“Whenever I received a call-up notice, despite my reservations I appeared before NAB,” Hamza asserted. He stressed that he had been given permission to travel abroad to meet his daughter and had returned a day before the court given deadline.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the assets beyond means case, Hamza is facing an inquiry into the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. According to the NAB, Hamza and his younger brother Salman Shehbaz being directors of the sugar mills got constructed a bridge linking to their mills out of public money in Chiniot. It said an amount of Rs200 million was approved by then chief minister Shehbaz Sharif for the construction of the bridge.
PML-N workers stage sit-in
Following reports of the raid, a number of PML-N workers and supporters gathered outside the house and staged a sit-in, raising slogans against NAB.
PML-N leaders who arrived outside the residence after hearing of the raid strongly criticised the government.