ISLAMABAD: Speaker Sindh Assembly has been nabbed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday in a case pertaining to assets beyond known income.
As per details, officials of NAB’s Karachi division arrested the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader from the federal capital.
Following the arrest, the bureau presented the accused to an accountability court of Rawalpindi. The court has approved a transit remand of Durrani for three days.
As per a notification issued by the bureau, the NAB team will move Durrani to Karachi to proceed with the case in the metropolis.
The anti-graft watchdog had summoned the speaker multiple times for carrying out interrogation in the case, however, Durrani failed to comply with the order which led to his arrest by NAB today. On July 20 last year, the anti-corruption body had ordered an inquiry on charges of corruption against the Sindh Assembly speaker. According to a NAB statement, three separate inquiries were initiated against Durrani.
One inquiry pertains to allegations of accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income by the PPP leader, while the second pertains to illegal appointments of 352 on government posts. Meanwhile, following the detention of Siraj Durrani, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday conducted a search raid at his residence in Karachi. NAB officials accompanied by heavy contingents and Rangers cordoned off the residence of Agha Siraj Durrani and searched his house for above one hour.
Sources said that Agha Siraj Durrani’s family was present in the house when the NAB team raided the residence. The anti-graft watchdog team entered the house after showing the search warrants to the family. While the security guards deployed at the house hid their weapons as they saw the NAB officials.
Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday has strongly condemned arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Zardari said that PPP leaders are not afraid as they have seen imprisonment in past as well. He also demanded to amend NAB law. Won’t give more time to government now, he added. Meanwhile, following the arrest of Sindh Assembly (SA) Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in corruption accusations, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari strongly reacted to the ongoing inquires against PPP’s leaders in her Tweet on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Murtaza Wahab asserted that the arrest of SA speaker seemed inconceivable as how could an arrest be made without any substantial evidence or proofs. Maula Bakhsh Chandio also condemned his arrest and stated “what message would this send that the speaker was taken to Karachi from Islamabad in handcuffs?” “He is the speaker of the SA, how could he be arrested?” he asked. – NNI