Accountability court extends Durrani’s remand till March 21

KARACHI:An accountability court in Karachi on Monday extended physical remand of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani till March 21.

Durrani was brought before the court amid strict security. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor asked for an extension in Durrani’s physical remand, arguing that they had only had two days to interrogate him.

‘’He has been going to the assembly for sessions after breakfast every day,’’ he said.

The court directed the NAB to submit a progress report at the next hearing.

The NAB also informed the court that they have found out the details of Durrani’s assets worth Rs27 million.

He also has a house in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority that is worth Rs40 million and 10 luxury watches were found in his bank locker, the prosecutor said. One watch cost millions of rupees and there were foreign currency and gold there, as well.

Durrani’s lawyer said that they still have not been told the reason for his arrest. ‘’Even if a suicide bomber is arrested, he has rights,’’ said the lawyer.

Outside the court when a reporter asked Durrani about the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Karachi, he replied that he had no knowledge about it. ‘’I do not know whether its day or night,’’ he said.

On February 20, a NAB Karachi team arrested Durrani from Islamabad and brought him back to Karachi the same night. He was produced before the accountability court on February 21 that awarded the bureau his 14-day physical remand.

The NAB officials said they are investigating different cases against him of illegal appointments, corruption in the construction of the Sindh Assembly MPAs’ hostel and assets beyond his known means of income.

On February 20, the NAB raided his house in Karachi and seized documents and a laptop.