ISLAMABAD - Opposition leader Khurshid Shah on Wednesday urged the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief Javed Iqbal to take notice of the “shameless” arrest of former Sindh minister Sharjeel Inam Memon.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader, while speaking to journalists here said that Javed Iqbal was appointed as the NAB chairman after consultations and he was hopeful the anti-corruption watchdog chief would act in Memon’s case.

Shah said that the NAB was not touching the people who were violating the law but manhandled a person who was ready to surrender.

“The way Sharjeel Memon was arrested has dented the NAB’s image. This demonstrated discrimination. There should not be two laws for Lahore and Larkana,” he said, referring to the strongholds of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PPP.

This week, the NAB arrested Memon from outside the Sindh High Court (SHC) after his bail was rejected.

The NAB also arrested 11 other accused in the case. 

The accused are charged for embezzlement of Rs5.76 billion purportedly paid to seven advertising agencies for awareness campaigns between 2013 and 2015.

PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari referred to the arrest as “one land, two laws”.

He said in a post on social media that the laws were different for Nawaz Sharif’s family and Memon.

Shah said that some institutions were demonstrating discrimination, while dealing with Lahore and Larkana.

The opposition leader said that national politics had always seen ups and downs but democracy should not derail.

To a question, Shah said despite the prevailing poor coordination among the institutions, he was optimistic about the continuity of democracy.

“If democracy is derailed, it will not be good for the country,” the PPP leader said.

He said that the constitution did not allow formation of a national government and any step in that regard would be “extra-constitutional”.

Asked about the influx of politicians in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shah said that when the political parties keep their doors open to all, “people do come.”

He said that the PTI chief, Imran Khan’s politics was designed to abuse rivals and defame them.

“Imran Khan must see how much progress Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has made under his party’s government,” Shah added.

To a question about the Pak-US ties, Shah said that now Pakistan should ask the world to “do more” as Pakistan had done enough in the war on terror.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik called on the PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

“Rehman Malik briefed the PPP chairman on the national politics and the international affairs,” said a statement released by the senator’s office.

The former interior minister presented a booklet to Bilawal containing his articles published in the national newspapers.

“Bilawal appreciated Rehman Malik’s articles and wished him well for writing,” said the statement.

Poll results can’t be stolen this time: Bilawal

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, on Wednesday said that the days were gone when election results were stolen and this time around no returning officer would be allowed to rob the PPP of victory.

Addressing a meeting here of party officer bearers and ticket holders from Rawalpindi Division with regard to the 50th founding day of the party, Bilawal said that the PPP had a glowing history and its leadership and workers had proved to be the most brave and dedicated.

He said: “Our leaders and workers never feared prison, lashes and hangings. The cowards cannot face PPP workers who have gone through bomb blasts and suicide attacks. Workers are the heirs of the philosophy and mission of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.”

Bilawal said that former president Asif Ali Zardari during his tenure restored 1973 constitution in its original form thus fulfilling the mission of Benazir Bhutto.

The PPP chief said that important work had to be done now for the people of Pakistan, which included making poor prosper, eradicating ignorance and eliminating terrorism.

“PPP is striving for a society where women are respected thus making Pakistan a country according to the vision of Benazir Bhutto,” he said.

On the occasion, the participants gave their proposals to celebrate the PPP founding day.

The meeting was attended by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Senator Farhatullah Babar, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Raja Khurram Pervez, Sardar Saleem Haider, Ibrar Rizvi, Malik Hakmeen Khan and others.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader from Faisalabad Shahbaz Lona called on Asif Ali Zardari and announced to join the PPP.

Shahbaz Lona hails from PP-62 Faisalabad.

On the occasion of his joining the party, the PPP leaders Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, Farooq Saeed Khan, Hassan Murtaza, Chaudhry Saeed Iqbal and Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry were also present.