Politicians Behind the Bar


After the grant of bail to former provincial minister sharjeel memon by the sindh high court, at least eight of the renowned politicians are arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). They are still behin the bar and confronted with a unpredictable future. Memon stayed in jail for twenty months. NAB took him in the custody October 23, 2017, when the bail application was dismissed by SHC. His team proposed options to repel the certain.

Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani was arrested by the NAB in Islamabad in case of assets beyond means, is still in prison since then. He continues preside the session of assembly, the investigation yet to complete by the NAB.

The most perceivable sensitive case is of former Prime Minister Nawaz sharif, prisoner in kot lakhpat jail Lahore since December 24. Last week, the bail request on medical ground was rejected by the Islamabad high court last week.

Before this, his application on the bail ground was dismissed as he requested for his multiple health treatment mainly heart. His appeal against the declaration and NAB challenge to his absolution are in pending by the IHC.

Before that, Supreme Court granted his request of six week bail in the concern of his treatment of multiple diseases particularly serious heart problem. Opposition leader in Punjab assembly, vice president Muslim league (N), Hamza shahbaz sharif is on physical remand, seized by the NAB on June 11. He is expected to be there for ninety days under the anti corruption team, as the period is allowed by the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) for questioning.

After the expiry of ninety days remand, he is likely to move to LHC in the concern of bail. However the condemned person are allowed to go to high court even before that. Hamza is attending ongoing budget sessions regularly , In the wake of production orders issued by Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi with any hesitation.

His seizure took place just the day after co-chairman ppp,Asif zardari arrested by the NAB. His sister Faryal Talpoor met the same providence but was restricted in zardari house Islamabad.

The khawaja brothers, Saad Rafique and Salman Rafique are the also prominent prisoners seized by the NAB. They were taken into the custody in December last when their bails were refused by the LHC. After the ninety days custody, were sent to the jail on judicial remand.

Another NAB captive is Sibtain khan, belong to Pakistan tehreek e Insaf (PTI) was the Punjab minister for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, He stepped down from the ministry when the action was taken against him. He is under the case of illegal award of contracts.

And three more other politicians NAB detainee, opposition leader PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, Aleem Khan of the PTI and Eng. Qamarul Islam of the PML-N got bailed out after spending much time in prison. At the same time, some political players who are facing NAB cases will be arrested in coming weeks. The most senior politicians including Fawad Hassan Fawad, the former principal secretary to the prime minister (Nawaz Sharif), and Ahad Cheema held by the NAB. Fawad Hassan was in Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case, was arrested in July, 2018 for his role director general of the Lahore Development Authority.

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