Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Tuesday condemned the arrest of party leader and former Karachi Port Trust (KPT) chairman Javed Hanif by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
“Javed Hanif’s only crime is providing jobs to Karachi’s youth,” MQM-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said in a press conference that was called to welcome Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) members who returned to the MQM-P fold.
Siddiqui said the arrest of Hanif, who is contesting the upcoming general elections from PS-95 Korangi constituency, was an attempt to influence elections and requested the army chief to take notice of the action.
Responding to the presser, NAB denied the allegations, saying the arrest was not politically motivated. The bureau’s spokesperson said that an inquiry against Hanif was initiated three years ago when he was not associated with any political party.
The bureau also gave a list of four people appointed by the former chairman, allegedly in connivance with former ports and shipping minister Babar Ghauri, who had serious offences registered against them.