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Sharjeel Memon criticises NAB for only targeting Sindh lawmakers

Updated Mar 19, 2017 06:53pm

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The PPP leader says he has returned to Pakistan to face all the cases pending against him. -DawnNews screengrab
The PPP leader says he has returned to Pakistan to face all the cases pending against him. -DawnNews screengrab

Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, severely criticised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for only targeting the lawmakers of Sindh.

The 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.

"I was 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.

NAB favours 'certain' ministers, alleges Sharjeel

He thrashed NAB, accusing the anti-corruption watchdog of favouring certain government ministers over others.

"The Supreme Court had told NAB to put together a list of mega-[corruption] scams. When the list was presented, it contained the name of [Prime Minister] Nawaz Sharif, [Finance Minister] Ishaq Dar and many other ministers from Punjab," Memon claimed.

"But once the list was presented before the court, were the names of those people placed on the ECL too?" Memon inquired.

"If the law is the same for everyone in this country, why weren't their names also included in the ECL [like his]?" he stressed.

Memon also accused the ministers and politicians of subjecting NAB to harsh criticism after the anti-corruption body released the list, claiming that NAB stopped conducting its investigations in Punjab following the harsh criticism.

"If I am found guilty, I will not seek any leniency in the punishment," he maintained.

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 office, 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.

The NAB chairman had filed a reference against Memon in connection with alleged misconduct in payments regarding advertising campaigns.

Memon rebuffed the accusations levelled against him, saying he had never "fled from the country".

The former minister claimed that the references on the charges of corruption were filed against him months after he had left the country over medical grounds.

'I was kidnapped, not arrested'

Revealing details about his arrest last night, Memon said "people in plain clothes" had come to arrest him. "I asked them to introduce themselves. But they never did."

"I kept asking them in the car that who were they. But they never introduced themselves until we reached the NAB office," Memon claimed.

The former minister also rejected the way he was nabbed, saying he will not call it an "arrest" but will term it "kidnapping". "What kind of law is this? Is this the law of the jungle?" Memon remarked.

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Mark Mar 19, 2017 05:59pm

Leave all of them. They are all innocent and never done any corruption. They are working hard for Pakistan.

yousaf jamal akhtar Mar 19, 2017 06:57pm

damn angry, they go live in sunny dubai till time passes by and then come here when everything has died down, they should return when asked if not for every month they delay they should automatically be awarded 1 year in prison regardless of the case, they must serve prison for not attending courts when asked.

hani Mar 19, 2017 07:03pm

Undoubtedly, NAB and all security agencies heave toward Sindh as if rest of state is cropping well.... sigh

Spectator Mar 19, 2017 07:23pm

Missing General Raheel Sharif Sahab! If one could create an institue for what was achieved during General Sharif's tenure, it might just be a permenant/long term solution for our problems.

Pakistani Mar 19, 2017 07:37pm

Don't use Sindh card.

Shahid Mar 19, 2017 08:12pm

Unfortunately, this may be true that NAB is after the people from the Non-Government parties. But, can anyone claim that NAB is after the innocent people? I doubt about it.

PPP - lets wait for your turn for power next elections, and then you can go after the rest of the culprits who were not touched now.

At the end, every corrupt politician will be apprehended, I hope.

ali Mar 19, 2017 08:24pm

I agree with Mr.memon

Shafiq Shah Mar 19, 2017 08:23pm

So your argument is that there have been other robbers and robberies in Pakistan. Why NAB is trying me onl. It is unacceptable. Prove yourself innocent and tell the court where did you get Billions of Rupees which were recovered from you residence in Karachi.

Adil hussain Mar 19, 2017 08:57pm

If criminals are discriminated on the basis of regionalty, ethnicity and other parameters, it is the civilized society who is at risk. It is the fact that Mr nawaj represents Pakistan but has very few seats in provinces other than Punjab.

imran ali Mar 19, 2017 09:50pm

I am seriously thinking leaving my profession and join some political party.This is the best and most successful profession......money and power

muhammad usman khan Mar 19, 2017 10:04pm

@Shahid Bravo. I like your comments "But, can anyone claim that NAB is after the innocent people? I doubt about it."

AW Mar 19, 2017 10:17pm

Law should be the same for all. The selective application of law is what make the whole process suspect and without credibility. I agree with Mr. Memon on this very important point

Shaukat Ali Khan Mar 19, 2017 10:50pm

He must justify his case.

AG Mar 19, 2017 11:47pm

What a joke, he was arrested by NAB sitting on front seat of BMW!

Mohammed Mar 20, 2017 12:28am

Do agree that things are differently seen in Sindh but you are accountable for all your deeds.

Raza Mar 20, 2017 12:29am

Our corroupt institutions can not held accountable to any corroupt leaders or politicians.This is all drama.They are making foul to the people.whenever they want they allow such people to run away from country and come back.That is why they are so daring in looting the country.

Chacha Mar 20, 2017 12:33am

Unfortunately the people are not treated equally and that's take away validity of the law. He is right but in any case people needs to be punished if they found guilty

Chacha Mar 20, 2017 12:35am

@Pakistani he is not he has a very valid point

a. Ali Mar 20, 2017 12:41am

a right move by NAB, Sharjeel count your days.

MD mansoor Mar 20, 2017 12:42am

Sindh card. Same old story. Leaders of poor people of sindh after exploiting these people to live lives similar to native Indians in North America, when caught in corruption simply want to save themselves by claiming that they are being victimized due to their ethnicity.

M.Saeed Mar 20, 2017 01:13am

That proves there is no law in Sindh.

Salman Mar 20, 2017 02:15am

You know, we should just punish Imran khan. All other politicians have made Pakistan the jannat it is today. Love the PPP formula 'Lie repeatedly and with such impunity, that it becomes the truth'

Laeeq Mar 20, 2017 02:50am

He is back after another NRO struck between PML (Nawaz) and PPP.

ZulFi Mar 20, 2017 03:13am

When you are cornered and you cannot lawfully defend corruption allegations against yourself, play the victim card..

Mohammed Mar 20, 2017 03:43am

Both the PPP and the PML are in politics to make money. They are as corrupt as each other.

amir Khan Mar 20, 2017 04:26am

An ordinary thief would have been beaten blue by the 'hawaldar' for his crime but rich thugs walk free proudly pleading their innocence.

amir Khan Mar 20, 2017 04:31am

Now that the stolen money has been safely tucked away, all connections in place he has returned to clear his maligned name.

Akil Akhtar Mar 20, 2017 04:54am

We give too much air time to allegedly corrupt people who have been accused already....

Khan USA Mar 20, 2017 05:14am

Yes Sir but what about MQM's lawmakers ? Your government has also double standards for them !

ghaznavi Mar 20, 2017 07:49am

We don't need a democracy that boils down to license to plunder.

Aleem Mar 20, 2017 08:33am

This is the policy of all the politicians. Do not give any details about your wrong doings but shout at the top of your voice how corrupt everybody else is. This man has learnt this art from Nawaz Shareef

Adil JAdoon Mar 20, 2017 08:33am

Perhaps because they are the most corrupt??? DO you expect the Sharif brothers to gas after their own party??

Sagar Mar 20, 2017 09:38am

The same thing happened in Bangladesh. Pakistan never really learns. Instead everyone is just happy living in make believe world, with closed eyes and hands on their ears. But mouths are wide open all time giving free advice to others.

ARSHAD Mar 20, 2017 09:47am

The man who became billionaire in just 2 years, talking about BEING INNOCENT. Give me a break

Shah Mar 20, 2017 09:53am

@ali Why you agree with Memon, is there any doubt that he is honest man, and he is politically victimised. Do you believe that he was in Dubai for treatment?

Shah Mar 20, 2017 09:59am

Our politicians are all innocent they all are working hard for the progress of Pakistan, and they become rich for the service they provide to this poor nation. Rest of the people are bad and they don't deserve good life.

asgher Mar 20, 2017 11:13am

Not once he said he is innocent. Not once he denied the millions of cash that was found in his house.

Afzaal Mar 20, 2017 05:27pm

Powerful politicians will continue playing their games and shifting money out of Pakistan. A poor Pakistani is no more than an insect for them so why should they bother. When they go in prison because of their own squibles they either are either live in air conditioned prison apartments with every possible amenities being made available or shifted to a comfortable hospital room. Looking at this man called Sharjeel Memon what possible medical condition he has which could not have been treated in Pakistan? And how would you punish him now that he has been lured back? How can you even think of that, thanks to the behind the scene Muk-Mukaa ! One thing is sure that one day once the nation finds a real leader such people will be brought to justice and made to return their loot with interest.

Irfan Ali Mar 21, 2017 11:50am

They deserve to be treated like this.