Land Allotment case: Court granted pre-arrest bail to Qaim Ali Shah

The former chief minister of Sindh and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qaim Ali Shah gets a pre-arrest bail from the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday in the land allotment case.

A bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) approved bail for former chief minister against a surety bond of Rs1 million until the second week of February.

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Mr Shah contended in the appeal file in the high court that the Bureau sent him a call-up notice on Dec 18 in connection with a probe into the allotment of land in the Malir riverbed. Refuting allegations of any wrongdoing, he said he had cancelled the allotment of the land.

Terming the call-up notice political vendetta, Qaim Ali Shah said: “Anti-corruption watchdog has been subjecting the Pakistan People’s Party to political vengeance.” He requested the Sindh High Court to declare the notice illegal and stop the NAB from arresting him.

The Karachi chapter of the NAB had launched four investigations against Sindh government officers and others for illegally allotting 307 acres of land in the Malir riverbed to various beneficiaries.

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