Remand of Mir Shakil extended till October , seeks release from SC

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Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman

LAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till October 1. The authorities concerned produced Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman before Accountability Court Judge Assad Ali. Senior lawyer Amjad Parvez represented Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman during the hearing. The court adjourned the hearing till October 1.

Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is in custody for more than 188 days in a case that is of documentary nature. Moreover, the NAB had filed a reference over a property deal reached with the owners of private land 34 years ago.

Moves SC for release

Meanwhile, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman on Friday (September 11) requested the Supreme Court to set aside the order passed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissing his post-arrest bail petition in a case relating to a property transaction that took place 34 years ago.

Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman filed a petition in the apex court for leave to appeal under Article 185(3) of the Constitution for grant of leave to appeal against the order passed by the LHC on July 08, 2020 dismissing his post-arrest bail petition. He prayed the apex court to convert his petition into appeal and set aside the order passed by the division bench of LHC dated July 08, 2020 and he may very graciously be released on post-arrest bail. Senior lawyers Khawaja Haris, Amjad Pervez and Faisal Siddiqui will appear on behalf of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), through its chairman, DG NAB, NAB Complex, Thokhar Niaz Baig, Lahore, and Muhammad Abid Hussain, Assistant Director/Investigation Officer, NAB Complex, Lahore, have been made respondents in the matter.

A two-member bench of LHC comprising Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem and Justice Farooq Haider on July 08, 2020 had dismissed the post-arrest bail petition of Jang/Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman in a case relating to a property transaction that took place 34 years ago.