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NAB didn’t accuse Shehbaz of graft: LHC

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has noted that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has not accused Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif of embezzlement in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme case and Issuing separate verdicts in Ashiana and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases on Friday a week after accepting Shehbaz’s bail applications in the two cases the LHC said NAB has not accused the former Punjab chief minister of any monetary corruption.
The 22-page verdict said the Ashiana Housing project was handed over to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) after approval of the board of the Punjab Land Development Company’s (PLDC).The verdict said Shehbaz Sharif, as chief minister, had the right to transfer the project.In Ashiana case, NAB had accused Shehbaz of illegal project transfer.Govt indecisive over Nawaz Sharifs treatmentIn its 20-page verdict with regard Ramzan Sugar Mills case, the LHC said apart from the drain, which, NAB accused, was built to benefit’s Shehbaz family’s private business, many such schemes were built in the area but NAB did not object to any other scheme.
It said the drain was constructed on the request of former MPA Maulana Rehmatullah but NAB, instead of nominating Rehmatullah as an accused, made him an approver in the case.The verdict on Ashiana also discusses the case of senior bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad, who was also granted bail in  the Ashiana scandal.It said Fawad had no role in cancellation of contract to Abdul Latif and Sons and the contract ended after mutual consensus.Ruckus in National Assembly after ministers traitor remarkIt said Fawad Hassan Fawad was only working as the former CM Punjab’s post office.

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PPP leaders rush to court for pre-arrest bails in wake of Durrani’s arrest

KARACHI: The arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on corruption charges has left many leaders and ministers of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in a state of fear and panic.

The SHC accepted on Friday the bail pleas of three PPP leaders who included Aijaz Jakhrani, Taimur Talpur and Razzaq Raja.The high court also restrained the NAB from further investigations against former local government minister and MPA Jam Khan Shoro who is already on bail.Shoro in his plea maintained that NAB was carrying out multiple inquiries against him.I acquired bail from SHC but have concerns about getting arrested in further NAB inquiries.
NAB should be stopped from carrying out any further inquiry against me. The arrest should be made conditional to the permission of the high court, Shoro said in his plea.Sindh Assembly censures NAB over Durrani’s arrestWhile restraining NAB from further inquiry, the court also issued notice to NABs director general and others for March 14.Khalid Javed, counsel for Shoro, submitted before the court that Jam Khan Shoro has his own CNG station in Hyderabad but NAB was harassing his client on an eight-month old call-up notice.He said land department has given in writing that CNG stations land is owned by the applicant but land department is being pressurised to declare the land as government property. He said: NAB is harassing his client on political grounds.
Former federal minister and MNA Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, who is an accused in a case of making assets beyond known sources of income, had also filed the pre-arrest bail. After he was granted bail, he left the court without responding to the questions of media.Jakhranis counsel informed the court that his client had been issued a notice to appear before NAB as a witness but they have reservation that anti-graft body might arrest him.While granting bail against a surety of Rs 1 million, the court directed him to cooperate with the NAB in their inquiry.
Taimur Talpur, who is the provincial minister of climate change and coastal development, argued in his plea that NAB sent him a call up notice in January 2019.PPP’s thinly-veiled attempt to outwit the NAB The NAB has sought the details of my assets.I dont know what is the accusation against me? NAB should be stopped from arresting me, Talpur said in his plea. The court granted him bail against a surety of Rs 0.5m till March 29.Another PPP member of the Sindh assembly, Abdul Razzaq Raja, also got pre-arrest bail against the surety of Rs 1m fearing his arrest by NAB in a corruption case relating the Malir Development Authority (MDA).Raja stated before the court that he was given notice by NAB in connection with MDA affairs and he had submitted his reply but due to the current political situation he was afraid of his arrest.rd, 2019.

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PPP’s thinly-veiled attempt to outwit the NAB

KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) seems determined to use all its resources to ensure the early release of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, who was arrested from Islamabad on Wednesday by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) One such move was to summon the Sindh Assembly session five days ahead of its scheduled date, which the ruling party is likely to use to convey its anger over the speaker’s arrest.

On Thursday, the chief minister, flanked by his cabinet, also demanded action against the NAB for harassing Durrani’s family members.Incensed by Durrani’s arrest, PPP lashes out at CentreA riot predictedIn a bid to outwit the physical remand given to the NAB, the deputy speaker Rehana Leghari also issued production orders for Durrani, asking the NAB to present him for the session.Issuing a letter to the NAB Director-General, the Sindh Assembly secretary referred to Rule 82(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the Sindh Assembly and called for Durrani to be produced in the Sindh Assembly. “Madam Speaker has summoned the above member to attend the session of provincial assembly starting from Friday.

It is therefore requested to please ensure the production of Agha Siraj Durrani, MPA, till prorogation of the session.”According to a PPP lawmaker familiar with the development, the treasury members plan to wear black armbands in the session and pass a privilege motion or resolution against the NAB.The session, which is slated to commence at 2 pm will likely witness uproar as the opposition has also devised a strategy to counter the PPP’s plans.Murad demands action against NAB Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the NAB officials had not only arrested Durani illegally, they also transgressed the sanctity of `chadar and chardiwari’ by intruding into his house, misbehaving with the women present in the house and keeping them hostage for over seven hours.
“This is unprecedented in a civilised society,” he said, demanding the NAB Chairman to take action against the officials involved in the episode. He questioned if the NAB had so much evidence and documentary proof that they decided to arrest a person [Agha Siraj Durani] who held a Constitutional position in the Sindh Assembly, then why did they raid his house in search of evidence.The CM made these remarks on Thursday while addressing a press conference at the Committee Room of the old Sindh Assembly Building. He was flanked by PPP Sindh President Nisar Khuhro and his Adviser on Information Barrister Murtaza Wahab.
Shah said that Durrani was a respected senior parliamentarian. His father, Agha Sadaruddin and uncle had been speakers of the Sindh Assembly and now he was holding this Constitutional position.

“The way he was arrested from a hotel in the federal capital was disgraceful and unconstitutional,” he said, adding that as far as the allegations leveled against Durani were concerned, he would face them. In the past he had faced a number of cases and was acquitted.The CM also expressed displeasure over the raid conducted by the NAB authorities at Durrani’s house where his wife, three daughters and a maid were present.He said he had spoken to Durrani’s wife and she had told him that the raiding party, which included two women, forced them to stand in the lawn.
Durani’s daughter had tried to stop a NAB official from smoking when he lit a cigarette, the CM quoted Durrani’s wife as saying. In reaction, the NAB official exhaled the smoke into her face.“This was the way the women were treated inside the house of a person who is Speaker of the Sindh Assembly,” he lamented.Zardari calls Durrani’s arrest a challenge to democracyProduction ordersThe chief minister said that the deputy speaker had summoned the Sindh Assembly session for 2pm on Friday, for which she had issued the production orders of the speaker.

“I am sure the NAB authorities will produce him for the session,” he said.In response to a question, the chief minister said that the registration of an FIR against the NAB officials for raiding their house was the family’s prerogative.“If they want to register a case, we will support them,” he said.To another question, the chief minister said that there was no need for the speaker to resign.“Even if he resigns, he will remain a member of the Assembly,” he said, adding that in 2016, when Durrani had contested the election of the speaker, his opponent was in jail custody but they had not raised any objection. He added, however, that it would be Durrani’s personal decision whether he wanted to continue as speaker or not.

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