Beyond arrest



The Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected any extension in the pre-arrest bails of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case. The NAB teams immediately scrambled to make the arrest. All this is happening when the opposition parties – that the PPP is a major part of – are planning a protest strategy against the government.

The move – which although comes after an honourable court’s orders, shall help the government contain the protests by the opposition parties against the budget that in all likelihood shall impose hefty budgets on the people.

This was already coming if the NAB chairman’s controversial interview to a journalist is anything to go by. The said interview, that the NAB chief later distanced himself with, indicated at the impending arrest of the PPP co-chairperson.

The PPP rightfully protested the contents of the interview and the conduct of the NAB head as it is the courts and courts alone that can decide upon the fate of any applicant or an accused. And if some NAB official claims to possess the crystal ball that would make people think that rule of law is being compromised.

The NAB chief has been under the clouds due to certain tape leaks as well wherein an accused woman is seen engaged in a not-too-decent conversation with the former. The opposition has called for a parliamentary committee to investigate the matter.

Earlier, the PPP has been questioning the anti-graft body’s decision to transfer the fake accounts case to Islamabad and called it ‘transgression’ of law. The law experts following the case have been of the view that an accused should get opportunity to present his side of the case, and there should not be selective leaks to the media that tarnish the image of the accused in the eyes of the public as has happened in the case of Zardaris.

The Bureau has an important responsibility and substantial money from the taxpayers’ kitty is being spent on them. It is their job to do justice to whatever they are supposed to do. They should be held accountable for the wrongs they do. As of now it is being observed that only the opposition is on the NAB radar whereas ministers from among PTI ranks (and its allies) are having a jolly good time despite having cases framed against them. This practice of cherry picking should come to an end.