ISLAMABAD: The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested Sindh Meeting Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani and secured his three-day transit remand.
Durrani, who was underneath investigation in three instances pertaining to unlawful appointments, accumulating property past means, and embezzlement of funds, was arrested from a personal resort in Islamabad and brought to the NAB workplace in Rawalpindi.
Later, the NAB officers introduced the Pakistan Individuals’s Celebration (PPP) chief earlier than an accountability courtroom and sought his seven-day transit remand. “The related authority issued Durrani’s arrest warrants and references towards him are ongoing in Karachi,” NAB officers advised the courtroom.
Because the courtroom refused to grant seven-day transit remand, NAB officers mentioned, “We’ll take him to Karachi at this time or tomorrow and requested for extra time owing to dangerous climate.” Durrani then advised the courtroom, “I used to be scheduled to depart for Karachi at 7pm at this time.”
The courtroom then ordered that Durrani’s medical examination be performed at this time and granted NAB three-day transit remand of the Sindh Meeting speaker. The accountability courtroom directed that Durrani be introduced earlier than a related courtroom in Karachi after three days.
A letter from NAB to the Secretary Sindh Meeting mentioned Durrani had been arrested “on account of his involvement within the offence of corruption and corrupt practices as Minister Native Authorities, Govt of Sindh and Speaker, Sindh Meeting”.
“He has been charged for accumulation of property past identified sources of revenue which he couldn’t fairly account for,” mentioned the letter.
NAB had initiated three separate inquiries towards Durrani final 12 months for allegedly proudly owning property past means, illegally recruiting 352 people on varied authorities positions and embezzlement of funds for the development of the MPA Hostel and development of the brand new Sindh Meeting constructing.
Sources mentioned, “The choice to arrest Durrani was taken throughout a gathering through which NAB officers have been knowledgeable that the PPP chief is at present in Islamabad.”
Durrani was re-elected as Sindh Meeting speaker in August 2018.
Arrest an unacceptable try and dislodge Sindh govt: Bilawal
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted, “Hum Baynami wazeer-e-azam ko baywardi Aamriat Qaaim nahi karnay dainga [We will not let a fake prime minister be a dictator without a uniform].”
“Assault on speaker of federating unit is [an] unacceptable, undemocratic try and dislodge Sindh govt. Failed earlier than will fail once more. Unbiased establishments should not unwittingly be a part of political engineering,” he added.
Journalists weigh in
Commenting on the event, senior journalist Hamid Mir advised Geo Information, “This case was underneath investigation and it doesn’t appear it is a message for PPP however for all political events. In keeping with our reviews, NAB goes to arrest some vital personalities.”
“Within the coming days, NAB could take vital personalities from the federal government and opposition into their custody.”
“This is a vital arrest,” mentioned senior journalist Mazhar Abbas. “Yesterday the Supreme Court docket dismissed evaluation petitions of Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur. This alerts that others together with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah may be arrested. This might result in the collapse of the Sindh authorities.”
What message is NAB making an attempt to ship, asks Murtaza Wahab
Sindh Chief Minister’s Adviser on Data Murtaza Wahab criticised NAB for arresting Durrani and questioned what message they’re making an attempt to ship.
Addressing the media in Karachi, Wahab mentioned, “What message are you making an attempt to convey by arresting a sitting speaker?”
“If any of our members have been concerned in corruption then conduct an inquiry towards them however don’t arrest them like this,” he lashed out
Questioning whether or not NAB legal guidelines are just for PPP, Wahab mentioned, “Are there completely different guidelines for PPP and completely different for PTI? Prime Minister Imran Khan, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak and NA Speaker Asad Qaiser are all going through NAB inquiries however haven’t been arrested.”.