ISLAMABAD (9 News) – The Rawalpindi and Sukkur National Accountability Bureau (NAB) jointly arrested PPP leader Khurshid Shah from his residence at Bani Gala, Islamabad on Wednesday.
Khurshid Shah faces the charge of possessing assets beyond known sources of income and having ‘benami’ properties.
He will be handed over to the Sukkur NAB after his transit remand. On Thursday, he will be presented in an accountability court in Sukkur.
The NAB had summoned Khurshid Shah on Wednesday, but he excused from appearing before the NAB. After his arrest, the PML-N and the PPP boycotted the National Parliamentary Conference.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condemned the arrest of Khurshid Shah. “Political rivals are being arrested in the name of accountability. The opposition leaders are being arrested through the NAB. The media is being gagged. The government’s behavior with its political rivals is shameful,” he said.
Bilawal Bhutto will address a press conference at 9pm tonight.
Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Khurshid Shah had given jobs to thousands of people as the Review Committee head. “The NAB has taken notice of providing jobs to the people,” he said.
He said that a reference was filed against the PPP to pressurize the PPP.
PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said that the NA session is underway, but Khurshid Shah has been arrested for an ulterior motives.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the arrest of Syed Khurshid Shah was an extremely wrong step of the government. “Murad Ali Shah has been arrested when national solidarity is being expressed over the Kashmir issue,” he said.
Murtaza Wahab said that the PPP condemns the arrest of Khurshid Shah. “Inquiries are going on against several federal ministers, but they are not arrested,” he said.
He said that the person criticizing the government is arrested. “The PPP is being victimized for political revenge,” he said.