Marriyum accuses NAB of ‘state terrorism’


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb criticised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), accusing it of perpetuating “state terrorism” by conducting raids at Punjab Assembly lawmaker Hamza Shehbaz’s residence in Model Town.

Marriyum said, “NAB is continuing with its state terrorism in violation of the Lahore High Court order.”

She also labeled the current accountability drive a bid to a ploy to distract people from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s incompetence.

“This is no law, this is state terrorism to arrest people. Imran Khan is using NAB for state terrorism. First, they used to stand atop containers and do terrorism and now they are standing on opposition’s heads and scaring them,” she alleged.

She also claimed NAB was not acting independently, saying then Prime Minister Imran Khan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Punjab Chief Minister’s Spokesperson Shahbaz Gill would not be speaking for the watchdog.

Furthermore, the PML-N spokesperson rejected claims that Hamza’s guards resorted to violence during Friday’s raid.

Meanwhile, PML-N leader Muhammad Zubair said that when the NAB team had arrived yesterday, Hamza had told them that a Lahore High Court order “clearly stated” that if NAB were to arrest Hamza “they would notify him ten days prior to arrest”.

Zubair said that if NAB believes they have legal grounds to execute the arrest despite the court’s order, they should have gone to the high court yesterday and clarified it.

Meanwhile, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said Hamza has moved the LHC against NAB’s Friday raid. “This is not a NAB or police matter, but Imran Khan’s revenge,” he said.