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NAB arrests sindh assembly speaker agha siraj durrani soon after SC asked him to surrender to NAB in assets beyond means case

A three-member bench today rejected the plea of Durrani’s lawyer to surrender before a trial court and instructed the Speaker of Sindh Assembly to appear before the National Accountability Bureau.

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau today arrested Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani from outside the Supreme Court building today soon after the SC ordered him to surrender before the National Accountability Bureau in assets beyond means case.

A three-member bench today rejected the plea of Durrani’s lawyer to surrender before a trial court and instructed the Speaker of Sindh Assembly to appear before the National Accountability Bureau.

Agha Siraj Durrani, a senior PPP leader was arrested in Islamabad in 2019 by NAB Karachi. He has been accused of accumulating assets worth Rs1.6 billion, which according to NAB are beyond his known sources of income.

In October, the Sindh High Court rejected Durrani’s bail. The court, on the other hand, granted bail to the eight people accused in the case, including Durrani’s wife Naheed, daughters and sons.

After the orders were passed, NAB raided his residence to arrest him but failed to do so because of resistance from the politician’s guards. Durrani then filed an appeal in the apex court.

The PPP leader was the Sindh local government minister from 2008 to 2013 and then appointed Sindh Assembly speaker in 2013, a position he holds to date.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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