An accountability court in Sukkur on Saturday withdrew the main leader of the PPP, Khursheed Shah, in the custody of the National Responsibility Office (NAB) for nine days.
Shah, who served as the opposition leader in the National Assembly during the previous government's term, was arrested by the Islamabad bureau on Wednesday in connection with an asset beyond media investigation.
During the case hearing, NAB officials requested a 15-day preventive detention; however, Judge Amir Ali Mahesar granted pretrial detention for nine days. The court also allowed Shah to meet with his family members and get homemade food while in custody.
A large number of PPP workers, including his son, MPA Syed Farukkuh Shah, his son-in-law and nephew, provincial minister Syed Owais Qadir Shah, MPA Manzoor Wasan, Sukkur mayor Arslan Islam Shaikh and others gathered outside the NAB court in Sukkur when officials produced Shah.
At the beginning of the hearing, the judge asked the NAB officials to present available evidence against the PPP leader. As the evidence was not available at that time, the judge, while suspending the hearing, gave NAB officials half an hour to present the evidence.
Later, he granted pretrial detention after reviewing the evidence against Shah.
Shah's lawyer, Mukesh Kumar Karara, argued that his client was being subject to political revenge. He said that in 2014, the same office had filed a case against Shah, which had been overturned by order of the Sindh High Court.
The NAB lawyer argued that an investigation was initiated against the PPP leader for allegedly having assets beyond his known sources of income. He added that Shah was arrested because he was not cooperating in the investigation of the case. The lawyer also said that NAB wrote several letters to Shah, but the suspect showed non-cooperative behavior.
The case hearing will resume on October 1.
A joint team from the NAB Rawalpindi and Sukkur offices had arrested Shah on Wednesday. The accountability court in Islamabad had approved its temporary detention on Thursday and ordered NAB to present it to the corresponding court before September 21.
Previously, the PPP leader was transferred to the Federal Government Services Hospital, also known as Polyclinic, after he complained about some health problems. He was discharged from the hospital at night and taken to the airport.
Speaking to reporters at the hospital, Shah rejected the NAB's claim that he was involved in 500 billion rupees for corruption and said he was ready to hand over all his wealth to the office if it was proven that even the One percent of this amount. to him illegally.
The PPP leader dismissed the corruption accusations against him and said he had fought corruption throughout his life.