Islamabad - On the directives of Islamabad High Court (IHC), National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities have released a businessman Tahir Abbasi whose wife had alleged before the court that an official of NAB had abducted him.

After hearing her petition, a division bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Athar Minallah had summoned SSP Islamabad, SHO Kohsar police station and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials to appear before the court.

Talking to The Nation here on Friday, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri Advocate, the counsel for the petitioner Nabeela Tahir, said that NAB officials had produced Tahir Abbasi and informed the court that NAB had taken Abbasi into its custody since he was defaulter of National Bank for not paying Rs 7.9 million.

Jahangiri added that Abbasi stated before the court that he would pay this amount in one day.

The court directed to release him after his assurance to the court regarding the payment of the amount. Later, the court deferred the hearing till November 26 to hear the matter of alleged torture of NAB officials on the wife and daughter of Tahir Abbasi.

The petitioner Nabeela’s husband Abbasi is a local businessman and she has been seeking from the IHC to initiate legal action against the NAB IO Mohammad Tariq who allegedly kidnapped her husband.

She had maintained in the writ petition that she along with her husband and daughter was at Jinnah Super Market for shopping on November 11, 2014. Nabeela added that a Toyota van carrying some 12 unknown persons forcibly stopped their car and abducted her husband without identifying themselves after they were returning back home from the market.

She continued when the petitioner and her daughter tried to stop the persons, they also manhandled both of them. Then, the petitioner lodged an FIR against the alleged abductors with Kohsar police station.

Nabeela informed the court that two days later on November 13, IO Tariq telephoned Abbasi’s brother-in-law and informed him that NAB authorities in Lahore had arrested him for investigation in a fraud case.