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Authorities, opposition face off in NA over Durrani’s arrest | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and opposition engaged in a disagreement throughout a session of the Nationwide Meeting on Thursday over the arrest of Sindh Meeting Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, who was taken into custody by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau a day in the past for allegedly proudly owning belongings past means.

Condemning the arrest, Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP) veteran chief Khursheed Shah lashed out on the accountability watchdog for “dragging away an elected member of meeting” whereas the probe was nonetheless beneath method.

“Regardless of who occupies the seat of an meeting, a speaker deserves respect. How can they drag away somebody with out correct investigation? The place are they taking this nation? What do they need to show by arresting somebody like that?” Shah questioned.

Mentioning {that a} speaker has a constitutional position, the PPP chief harassed the prevalence of the Parliament. “The Parliament is superior to all different establishments, and all establishments needs to be unbiased and worthy of respect.”

“It doesn’t matter what Durrani could have been [involved in], the style of his arrest was not right. His household has a political historical past. Arresting somebody with out [completing] investigation is improper,” Shah continued.

The chief introduced to protest the arrest in any respect ranges and warned that “our protest shouldn’t be taken as a mere disagreement.”

“We are going to protest in any respect ranges. That is the primary time within the nation’s 70 12 months historical past that an elected speaker has been arrested.”

Hitting again in response to Khursheed Shah’s tirade, Federal Minister for Schooling Shafqat Mahmood requested why the PPP and PML-N didn’t amend NAB’s legal guidelines throughout their respective tenures.

“Why didn’t the PPP amend NAB legal guidelines when it got here up with the 18th modification? Neither the PPP nor PML-N modified the bureau’s legal guidelines once they had been in energy,” Mahmood remarked.

“Each nation has an accountability course of and nobody has any objection to accountability,” the PTI chief stated, declaring that their senior minister Aleem Khan was additionally arrested by the NAB in an ongoing probe.

“If there was an arrest then why is the Parliament being concerned? NAB doesn’t take directions from the prime minister,” Mahmood added.

Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, registering his protest, declared Durrani’s arrest to be an insult to the Parliament and questioned why the speaker was dragged away like he was and his home looked for hours by the NAB officers.

“What joke is that this, treating meeting members like some cattle,” he fired again.

Former Nationwide Meeting speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq distributed black armbands among the many opposition members. 


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