Says politically motivated interference of institutions not to be tolerated
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Sunday strongly criticised the brief detention of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Sharjeel Inam Memon, saying that politically motivated interference of institutions will not be tolerated.
Talking to the media after visiting a power project in Nooriabad, he said that Sharjeel Memon returned after getting permission from Islamabad High Court.
“The court had ordered that Sharjeel Memon should not be arrested before a hearing in court”, he added. He alleged that only PPP members were being targeted and had Memon been called, he would’ve appeared himself.
“We have always respected courts. Sharjeel would appear before the court tomorrow and we will accept the decision of the court”, he added.
Talking about the detention of Dr Farooq Sattar, CM Sindh said that MQM Pakistan leader was not arrested, as per his information. He said warrants against Sattar were issued many months ago but he never got bail for them.
Syed Murad Ali Shah dismissed the notion that Pakistan Peoples Party is supporting its former provincial minister Sharjeel Memon. “If we had to support and protect Sharjeel, we would have landed him at Karachi airport,” the CM said speaking to reporters in Khairpur city.
“Our party believes in supremacy of the law… whether he is involved in corruption or not, it will be decided by courts,” he said while replying to a question about Memon. Sharjeel Inam Memon had served as the information minister of Sindh earlier and was living abroad in self-imposed exile since September 2015 and claimed of ongoing medical treatment in the meanwhile.
A court had issued non-bailable arrest warrant against him in a corruption case involving funds worth over Rs 5 billion. Another case alleging him of embezzling funds during his tenure in Sindh Forest Department is likely to be lodged soon.
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar on Sunday and warned the government officials of disciplinary action if they delayed restoration works and tightening of security arrangements.
The CM paid a surprise visit to the shrine to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the February 16 terrorist attack at the shrine which claimed 90 innocent lives and injured 350 others. ‘Ensuring security of the devotees visiting the shrine is our top priority,’ he observed.—SABAH