Can’t appear for May 17 hearing, reschedule: Bilawal wrote letter to NAB

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a letter, has requested the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to reschedule the May 17 hearing, Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Information Barrister Murtaza Wahab said on Wednesday.

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Wahab, in a video message, said in the letter the PPP chairperson explained he will not be able to appear before the bureau on May 17 — as was earlier scheduled — due to some “prior commitments”. He, therefore, requested the anti-corruption watchdog to reschedule the hearing to some other day in the coming week.

Wahab asserted, “the notice sent by NAB to Bilawal was dated May 8, but he received it on May 13 and since Mr Bilawal had prior commitments, he has intimated NAB that it will not be possible for him to appear on May 17.”

On Tuesday, Bilawal’s spokesperson Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar had maintained that the PPP chairperson will appear before NAB on May 17 and had discarded that he had not answered questions posed by the bureau.

Bilawal previously presented before NAB on March 20, for hearing of three different corruption cases: an alleged purchase and demarcation of land in Islamabad by Park Lane Estates (Pvt) Limited – of which PPP chairperson is a shareholder – besides a loan allegedly acquired by the firm.

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