LAHORE: All hopes of getting release of Mir Shakilur Rehman from the clutches of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were dashed on Friday when NAB filed a reference in an accountability court in an illegal plot allotment case, the official news agency APP has reported.
Mir Shakil, the media tycoon in Pakistan, was arrested on March 12 and has spent 107 days till today in custody and has been imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab.
Besides, Mir Shakil, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Humayun Faiz and former director Land Development Mian Bashir Ahmed have also been named in the Rs143.5 million reference. The court will hear the matter on June 29.
NAB has alleged that Mir Shakil obtained illegal exemption of 54 plots of one-kanal each in Johar Town Lahore, with the connivance of Nawaz Sharif, the then chief minister of Punjab, in violation of the exemption policy in 1986.
It is pertinent to mention here that Mir Shakil’s bail petition is pending before the Lahore High Court and a division bench will hear it on July 7.The LHC had previously rejected two petitions filed by Mir Shakil and his wife challenging the arrest and physical remand of Mir Shakil.
He has been alleged having managed to get unlimited amount of money from foreign countries including Dfid (Britain) and Voice of America (USA) in the name of promotion of education and basic amenities to deserving sections of population in Pakistan but never delivered the goods and spent the unprecedented amount on his own empire to become media tycoon. According to informed sources; a separate case is expected to be registered against Mir Shakil for allegedly receiving foreign funds.
Meanwhile, a division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday adjourned the hearing of Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s post-arrest bail petition in a 34-year-old property case till July 7.