ISLAMABAD - A Division Bench of the Islamabad High Court yesterday granted 12 days protective bail to former Balochistan finance advisor Mir Khalid Hamayun Langove. The dual bench comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah granted bail to Langove against surety bonds worth of Rs200,000 and directed him to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for investigation.

Langove has to appear before NAB in the corruption scam of Balochistan’s suspended secretary finance Mushtaq Raisani. The NAB had had recovered around Rs730 million cash, gold and other valuables from the house of Mushtaq Raisani on May 6.  Then, NAB authorities issued summons for Langove on May 12 asking him to appear before the NAB investigators in connection to recovery from Mushtaq Raisani.

The former provincial finance advisor Langove moved his protective bail application to IHC through his counsel Wasim Sajjad Advocate and contended that Mushtaq Raisani was levelling false allegations against him. He argued that Raisani in order to save his skin is falsely implicating him in the corruption case. His counsel informed the court that his client immediately resigned from the office of finance advisor after recovery and consequential arrest of Raisani to make sure impartial investigation.

He added that Langove is ready to face investigation and prove his innocence. The IHC bench disposed of the matter after issuing above-mentioned order. 

In another matter, the same IHC division bench deferred the hearing till May 25 in the post-arrest bail plea of Moazzam Ali who is an accused in Imran Farooq murder case.

A standing counsel Khawaja Imtiaz appeared before the court and sought time from court to prepare the case that court granted.

During the hearing, Mansoor Afridi, legal counsel for Moazzam Ali and investigation officer Shehzad Zafar Chaudhry were present in the court but the case was adjourned as the standing counsel had to prepare for it.

The accused Moazzam Ali maintained in his bail application that he has got no direct or indirect nexus with the murder of former MQM leader Imran Farooq.

He added that murder took place in London, the accused was arrested from Karachi and the case was registered in Islamabad.

The petitioner further adopted that Pakistani investigating authorities are prosecuting him on the basis that he has been a facilitator in this matter whereas there has been no evidence against him. Therefore, he has prayed to the court to grant him bail after arrest.