SHC orders NAB to submit reply on freezing of accounts

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities to submit their reply in the court by August 16 on a petition against freezing of accounts of family members of former Fishermen’s Cooperative Society (FCS) vice chairman Sultan Qamar Siddiqui.

The court heard the petition filed by Siddiqui stating that NAB has frozen accounts of his and his family members, including his mother, due to which family was facing severe difficulties and this is against the basic human rights.

However, the NAB officials failed to submit a reply and sought more time for submitting its reply over Siddiqui’s plea. The petitioner, in his petition, said that due to the freezing of the accounts, it had become difficult to pay the school fee of the children.

The petitioner’s counsel had requested the court to direct NAB to unfreeze the accounts of the family members of the petitioner. The bench had earlier issued notices to the NAB over the petition but the officials of the bureau failed to submit reply on the matter and sought more time for it.

The court adjourned the hearing till 16 August by directing the NAB authorities to submit their reply.

Siddiqui has been facing a corruption reference on FCS scam before an accountability court pertaining to embezzlement of funds and illegal appointments that allegedly caused a loss of over Rs343 million to the national exchequer.