Mir Shakil never provided questionnaire by NAB, Aitzaz Ahsan tells LHC
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday resumed hearing a petition against the arrest of Jang Geo Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, with the latter's counsel, Aitzaz Ahsan, completing his arguments in relation to the ongoing National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation of a 34-year-old property case against his client.
A two-member bench of the court has been hearing the petition, which pertains to the arrest and extension in remand of the media group’s senior editor.
During his arguments, Barrister Ahsan told the LHC that his client was not provided any questionnaire from the bureau and that his arrest was made prematurely.
“The arrest came at the inquiry phase of the complaint [against my client], which is illegal,” argued the lawyer.
He said that the entire case could be resolved with the relevant documents and that all records are present with the Lahore Development Authority.
“[Instead,] for 20 years, NAB did nothing," Ahsan noted.
"This case [also] does not fall under NAB’s jurisdiction,” Ahsan further argued.
Ahsan further pleaded that his client is of old age and should be released on bail.
In relation to the court’s previous orders, Special Prosecutor Syed Faisal Raza Bukhari submitted NAB's response to the LHC's questions.
The court subsequently ordered NAB to submit fresh responses and adjourned the hearing until April 7.
Meanwhile, MSR is in transit remand after he was allowed to travel to Karachi to make arrangements for the burial of his elder brother and publisher of the Jang Group, Mir Javed ur Rahman, who passed away on Tuesday after battling lung cancer.