KP’s ex-IGP remand extended

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NAB remand of former Inspector General Police Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Malik Naveed in the weapons scam case was extended on Friday by an accountability court.

Judge Walayat Shah granted the extension after the NAB’s prosecutor sought more time to investigate the multi-million rupees weapons scam.

NAB special prosecutor Lajbar Khan informed the court that more time was needed for investigation of Malik Naveed’s purchase of 58 substandard motorcycles for Peshawar police in addition to his involvement in purchase of substandard weapons, vehicles and other equipment for Mardan police worth Rs 490 million.

Naveed’s Counsel Latif Afridi and Barrister Zahoorul Haq contended before the court that NAB had not proven any crime against their client since 43 days so the remand should not be extended and the former IG should be freed.

The NAB counsel remarked that under the NAB Ordinance, an accused could remain in the bureau’s custody for maximum 90 days and hence the remand of the accused should be extended for further investigations.

After hearing the arguments of both sides the court extended Malik Naveed’s remand by seven days to the NAB.