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Return the money or go to jail, Fawad tells opposition

April 6, 2019

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has told opposition parties that they should give back the country’s ‘stolen’ money or go to jail.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad on Saturday, he said the law gives you no third option. Instead of using the law as a shield, Hamza Shahbaz should come out of his basement and surrender to NAB, said Chaudhry, referring to NAB officers’ comments that the opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly was hiding in his basement when a bureau team went to arrest him on Saturday.

He said Hamza’s case is before NAB, and the bureau will continue handling it but if Hamza does not cooperate, other federal institutions will be compelled to help NAB.

Related: Court stops NAB from arresting Hamza Shehbaz

It would be better for Hamza surrender himself, said Chaudhry. It won’t be right for law enforcement agencies to have to climb walls, he added.

The information minister said that NAB was going to arrest Hamza but he locked himself in the basement and used women as shields. On one hand they say they are ready for accountability and on the other they are finding ways to escape, he said.

He said NAB has arrested two people who say that on Hamza’s say so, billions of dollars were sent abroad. There is a possibility that Hamza has assets of Rs85 billion abroad, which is why NAB wanted to arrest him, said the minister.

He also address the Council of Islamic Ideology’s statement declaring handcuffing people before convicting them ‘un-Islamic’. He said thousands of poor people are handcuffed everyday. The council members should go to a jail and see what’s happening, he said. The minister added that now, because some rich people are being handcuffed, the council is calling it un-Islamic.

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