IHC rejects Saad’s plea for protective bail



The Islamabad High Court on Thursday turned down the petitions filed by senior PML-N leader Saad Rafique
and his brother Salman Rafique seeking protective bail and legal protection against alleged harassment by
the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani took up the petitions whereby the two brothers had expressed apprehensions about their arrest by NAB. The Rafi ques had filed the petition on Wednesday and made an appearance before the court but left before the verdict was announced.
The counsel for Saad informed the bench that the former minister had been served call-up notices regarding
inquiries into different cases.

He requested the court to grant the Rafi ques a 15-day protective bail, citing the by-polls scheduled for October 14 in Saad’s constituency. He expressed the fear that NAB might make a move to arrest the brothers on their return to Lahore for the by-elections. The court said that as Rafique is contesting from the NA-131 constituency of Lahore for the October 14 byelections, he should have approached the LHC Rawalpindi bench which makes a more appropriate forum.

Adding that, petitioner had addressed a press conference in Lahore the previous day. The lawyer argued that his client only found out about NAB’s latest ccall-up notice after they reached Islamabad from Lahore. The bench heard the case and rejected the petition. News Desk