NAB only targets Sindh lawmakers; why inaction to PM on Panama Papers: Sharjeel

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Pix 19-072 ISLAMABAD: March 19–Former Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon addressing a press conference. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has released PPP leader after an investigation on Saturday night when his arrived in Islamabad from Dubai on Saturday, ending his self-exile. ONLINE PHOTO by S M Sohail

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Mar 19: Former Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon on Sunday severely criticized the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as he viewed that NAB only targeting the lawmakers of Sindh.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad PPP leader said he had returned to Pakistan to face all the pending cases against him. “Putting my name in the Exit Control List (ECL) was an attempt to frame me as no government institution informed me prior to its issuance and no investigation was initiated against me, said Memon.

“If the law is the same for everyone, why wasn’t Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name included in the Exit Control List (ECL) in view of the ongoing Panama Papers case against him,” Sharjeel questioned.

The former  minister said that personnel of the bureau ‘manhandled’ him and another incumbent MPA who accompanied him at the airport and refused to give out details on why they were being shifted to a location that was undisclosed then.  Memon said that he is willing to cooperate with the department for probe of corruption references against him but there is a procedure for that which must be followed.

I was never given a notice. I was never called for an investigation. There was no case, neither an FIR nor an inquiry,” Memon said, adding he had approached the high court to find out why his name was put on the ECL. Putting someone’s name on the ECL without issuing any prior notice to them was an “extreme step”, he maintained.

It was worth mentioned here that Memon concluded his almost two years long self-imposed exile and returned to Pakistan on Saturday.  He was arrested at Islamabad airport and taken to NAB headquarters, where he was later released after verification of his bail before arrest orders and written undertaking from his lawyer that he will comply with authorities orders.  The former provincial minister is facing several charges of monetary misappropriation and corruption.

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