NAB arrests Hamza after LHC rejects bail plea

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Staff Report

LAHORE

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday arrested Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz after the Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed his bail petitions in the Saaf Pani Company, Ramzan Sugar Mills and money laundering cases.

A two-member bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, wrapped up the bail applications filed by Hamza after his lawyer withdrew the bail pleas in the two corruption cases.

Hamza, who appeared before the bench to request an extension in his bail which expired on Tuesday, was arrested by a NAB team from the court premises and taken to the bureau’s Lahore headquarters at Thokar Niaz Baig.

Prior to his arrest talking to journalists outside the court, he said that he will quit politics if it is proven that he was involved in corrupt practices.

PML-N vice President Maryam Nawaz lashed out at the government over his arrest and said that “NAB, which is dancing to the tunes of the puppet prime minister, has crossed all limits of injustice and oppression”.

In a chain of tweets, she claimed that the arrests of Hamza and Zardari are aimed at diverting attention from the government’s historic failures such as the recent Economic Survey and the budget.

Maryam said those persons indulging in such activities have never evaded the retribution of history and will never be able to do so in the future. But, she added, such an attempt won’t save the government from the wrath of the people.

No matter what the prime minister and his government do, the PML-N will become a voice of the public at any cost, she said, adding, “Prisons are neither new for Hamza nor the PML-N. We have faced oppression inflicted by a dictator.”

Meanwhile, PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Hamza’s lawyers were not given the required documents during the proceedings in the court.

She further termed the cases against her party leaders as the worst form of political revenge. PM Khan, while working on some unknown agenda, has crippled Pakistan’s economy in 10 months, she added.