NAB gives one-day reprieve to Mir Shakil to inquire after his ailing brother | Pakistan Today

NAB gives one-day reprieve to Mir Shakil to inquire after his ailing brother

–LHC adjourns plea for Jang/Geo CEO’s release till April 2

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB on Monday allowed owner of Jang Group Mir Shakilur Rehman to inquire after the health of his brother Mir Javedur Rehman on humanitarian grounds, on the request of his son Mir Ibrahimur Rehman.

According to a NAB press release, Mir Shakil has been allowed to go to Karachi for one day to meet his brother.

Mir Shakil will remain in the custody of NAB and the authority to grant remand or otherwise during custody rested with the relevant court, the statement added.

It said the accused or his family could contact the relevant court for getting transit remand.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday adjourned the hearing of post-arrest bail petitions for the release of Mir Shakil in the plots allotment case till April 2.

A division bench, headed by Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, heard the petitions filed by Mir Shakil and his wife, Shaheena Shakil.

During the proceedings, petitioners’ lawyer Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan pleaded with the court for immediate release of Mir Shakil. He submitted that Mir Shakil’s brother was on ventilator in a Karachi hospital and the external breathing equipment would only be removed on his permission.

However, the bench noted that any family member could give permission for removing the ventilator.

Subsequently, the bench adjourned further proceedings till April 2 and directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for filing a reply to the bail petition.

Earlier, a NAB prosecutor filed a reply to the petition, filed by Mir Shakil’s wife at the start of the proceedings.

Mir Shakil was arrested by the bureau on March 12 in illegal plots allotment case.

The bureau has alleged that the accused obtained illegal allotment of 54 plots of one-kanal each in Johar Town area of Lahore with the connivance of Nawaz Sharif, the then chief minister of Punjab, in violation of the exemption policy.