SUKKUR: An accountability court in Sukkur on Saturday extended the judicial remand of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Syed Khursheed Shah till December 12 in a case regarding his alleged assets beyond means.
Shah’s defence counsel argued with the court that 82 days have been passed since his client’s arrest by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), however, the accountability watchdog could have produced any concrete evidence against his client.
“There is nothing in the case against Khursheed Shah […] Asif Ali Zardari is under NAB’s detention from the last 120 days,” the defence counsel stated.
Contrarily, the NAB’s prosecutor told the court that for further investigation into the case against the arrested leader, a permission has been sought from the chairman of the bureau.
“Upon grant of permission, the court will be informed accordingly […] 90 days are not completed since Khursheed Shah’s judicial remand,” he said while pleading with the court for granting extension in Shah’s judicial remand for another 15 days.
On Sept 18, the NAB arrested senior PPP leader Syed Khursheed Shah in a case regarding his alleged assets beyond means.
“NAB Sukkur has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah in the assets beyond means case,” a brief handwritten statement issued by NAB Islamabad said.
Multiple corruption cases against Shah are under investigation with NAB. In 2012, an accountability court had directed NAB to file a reference against him on a complaint pertaining to alleged accumulation of illegitimate assets.
In 2013, NAB had reopened two corruption cases against Shah under the directives of the Lahore High Court.
In July this year, NAB chairman Javed Iqbal had approved nine inquiries against different personalities, including Shah.