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NAB arrests Senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested senior leader of and former senator of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on charges of acquiring assets beyond means of income.

“NAB Sukkur has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah in the assets beyond means case,” a brief handwritten statement issued by NAB Islamabad said.

He will be presented before the relevant accountability court in Sukkur for remand tomorrow, the press release added.

The PPP leader was arrested in a joint operation by NAB’s Rawalpindi and Sukkur chapters, reports DawnNewsTV.  He will remain in NAB Rawalpindi’s custody tonight.

Reportedly, Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police during a raid at his Islamabad residence.

According to NAB sources, the senior PPP leader had been alleged of allotting an amnesty plot to himself in a cooperative society in Sukkur illegally.

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The arrest of Shah came after allegations against him were proven in the initial investigations adding that a further inquiry will be done regarding the case.

The probe against the PPP leader has been ongoing since August 7 alleging that he owned (benami) bungalows, hotels and petrol pumps.

Prior to his arrest, NAB Sukkur had summoned Shah sending him a letter, however, the senior leader denied to appear before it.

The National Accountabity Bureau was given an approval regarding PPP leader’s inquiry on July 31.

PPP leader’s condemns Khursheed Shah’s arrest

Pakistan People’s Party leader and Sindh minister for local government, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah while condemning Shah’s arrest said the assets of senior leader are “clean and transparent” and only opposition leaders are targeted by NAB and being treated as victims.

Moreover Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister on law, environment and coastal development Barrister Murtaza Wahab said several federal ministers are facing probes by NAB, but they weren’t arrested, adding that whoever criticizes government gets arrested.

Samra Mazhar

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