Wednesday Oct 25 2017

Sharjeel Memon’s arrest big stain on NAB itself: Khursheed Shah

Leader of Opposition in NA Khursheed Shah/ file photo

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that the arrest of former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon tarnished the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) itself.

The veteran Pakistan Peoples Party member and opposition leader, while criticising the arrest, said that those who have non-bailable arrest warrants get bail within an hour.

“Memon was not charged by the NAB, he returned to the country to face courts, yet he was arrested in a shameful manner,” said Shah.

Shah has also questioned why the arrest was carried out in that way and whether this was meant to be a message.

He called on the NAB chairman to take notice of the way the arrest was carried out.

The opposition leader added that in some institutions there was discrimination on the basis of Lahore and Larkana and it was essential to stop this way of thinking. 

Shah emphasised that history is a witness that parties were forced to change overnight, but the PPP was safe in this regard because it brought forward old party workers.

He stressed that there are ups and downs in politics, but it is essential to ensure that democracy is not derailed. 

On October 24, an accountability court sent Memon, along with 11 other suspects, to jail till November 4 in a Rs5.7bn corruption case.

On Monday, after being holed up for hours in the Sindh High Court following his bail dismissal in a corruption case. Memon was taken into custody by the NAB along with the other suspects.

The former minister was escorted from the court premises by Rangers and NAB personnel and was surrounded by his lawyers and other supporters. As he was leaving the court, resistance was offered by his supporters leading to an exchange of hot words with NAB officials.