CM Murad Ali Shah appears before NAB in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah Monday assured the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) complete cooperation in investigation against him.
He was talking to media after appearing before the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Rawalpindi branch in connection with fake bank accounts case.
According to reports, a five-member NAB investigative team grillr the Sindh chief minister for over an hour. Irfan Naeem Mangi, head of the combined investigation team, also met Shah before being grilled by investigators at old NAB headquarters.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders Qamar Zaman Kaira, Nayyar Bokhari and Mustafa Khokhar accompanied the Sindh chief minister to the NAB office as tough security arrangements were made. A large number of police and Rangers were deployed outside the NAB office.
The chief minister said, “I appeared before NAB for the first time. I have nothing to hide and am fully prepared for an investigation.”
“I answered all their questions and assured NAB of my full cooperation. I expressed reservations that the JIT report’s conclusion was wrong and the counsel of the investigative team admitted that. The chief justice also stated that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is innocent,” he added.
“My media trial is being conducted,” the Sindh CM further said. “I came here today on my personal expenses and hundreds of guards were deployed here, however, had I been asked to appear in Karachi I would have appeared quietly. The case is being heard in Rawalpindi but all the people are in Karachi and none of our experiences in Rawalpindi have been good,” he added.
Meanwhile, PPP leader and former Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah on Monday filed a petition seeking pre-arrest bail in the fake accounts case. A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will take up his petition on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Shah, who is scheduled to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday, expressed apprehensions that NAB officials may arrest him upon his appearance before the investigation team, and requested the IHC to grant him pre arrest bail.

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