Shah questions impartiality of ‘state institutions’

Sharjeel’s arrest
Staff Reporter


Terming the arrest of Sharjeel Inam Memon as a stain on the National Accountability Bureau, leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah has said “certain state institutions” still discriminate on the basis of political affiliations.
Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said some institutions still hold prejudiced “mentality of Lahore and Larkana” which needed to be eliminated for good.
Talking about the ongoing accountability process in the country, Shah said new NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal was appointed with great hope that NAB laws will be indiscriminate for all.
However, whatever happened with Sharjeel is a big question mark over impartiality of the anti-graft watchdog, he added.
“Some people were not held despite issuance of arrest warrants against them, some with non-bailable arrest warrants were bailed out within an hour… but when a person surrenders himself, he is arrested in this manner,” the opposition leader said without naming anyone.“I, however, hope that the NAB chief will take notice of the situation,” he added. The Pakistan People’s Party senior leader also said despite the prevailing poor situation between institutions, he was hopeful about continuity of democratic system in the country.

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