Chief Minister Murad Shah, while addressing a press conference in Karachi, slammed the manner in which National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials behaved with family members of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani after his arrest.
Shah questioned why a NAB team felt the need to “raid” Durrani’s house after his arrest if they already had evidence against him and had arrested the speaker.
He alleged that the people who entered Durrani’s house remained there for over five hours. Shah said he had tried to speak to the NAB chairman to defuse the situation but was unsuccessful.
“I regret that despite being the chief minister, I could not save the speaker and his family from NAB’s terrorism,” he said, maintaining, “No law allows NAB to take such an action.”
Shah said that last night at around 10:30pm, at which point those who entered Durrani’s house had already been there for five hours, he spoke to “some people” who told him they would leave in five minutes. However, after this it still took them a further one and a half hours to leave, he alleged.
He claimed that they made the speaker’s daughter sign something. “Who knows what they took [from the house]?” he asked.
The chief minister added that the family had not yet been given a seizure memo, which he said would be presented in court.
While addressing the NAB Chairman, Shah said his subordinates were ruining his name as well as that of the institution.
He noted that the NAB chairman had remained a respectable judge of the Supreme Court and knew about the law and added that the chairman should fix his own house first.
He asked the chairman to take action against those who behaved in this manner.
Shah said that a Sindh Assembly session had been called tomorrow at 2pm to protest Durrani’s arrest and the treatment of female members of his family.