SHC grants bail before arrest to Pir Mazhar

June 16, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Former Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar ul Haq on Wednesday obtained bail before arrest in connection with an enquiry against him for allegedly making illegal appointments and getting kickbacks.

A division bench headed by Justice Sadiq Hussain Bhatti granted Rs0.5 million bail to the former provincial minister. The court directed Pir Mazhar ul Haq to cooperate with the investigation agency.

It also issued notice to National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s prosecutor general to file his reply to the petition until July 03.

The petitioner had approached the court requesting it to grant the pre-arrest bail as he apprehended the arrest at the hands of NAB authorities in pursuance of an enquiry launched against him.

Advocate Shahadat Awan, who represented the petitioner, submitted that his client had learned through the papers that the NAB’s executive board had ordered an enquiry into a complaint against him for allegedly making illegal appointments of teachers and receiving bribes.

He alleged the inquiry was instituted to victimize his client because of his political affiliation.

Refuting the allegations, the counsel said, these allegations were unfounded as the former home minister made all appointments during his tenure on merit. He told the judges that the NAB intended to harass and victimize his client on the basis of this inquiry.