ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan, “who was a businessman and had no allegations of causing losses to the national exchequer”, should be granted bail “if suspects who had looted billions of rupees were able to secure bail with such ease”.
In a post shared on Twitter, Chaudhry said that the general perception was that Khan was being punished for a crime he did not commit just because of the noise created by the opposition.
علیم خان کا مقدمہ کم سنگین ہے، اگر اربوں روپے کھانے والے ملزموں کو اتنی آسانی سے ضمانت مل سکتی ہے تو ایک کاروباری آدمی کو جس پر سرکاری خزانے کو نقصان پہنچانے کا کوئ الزام نہیں ضمانت دی جانی چاہئے۔عام تاثر یہ ہے کہ علیم کو اپوزیشن کے شور کی وجہ سے ناکردہ جرم کی سزا دی جا رہی ہے۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 13, 2019
On Feb 6, Aleem Khan Khan was taken into custody by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials in Lahore. As per a press release issued by NAB Lahore, Khan was arrested for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.
The information minister’s tweet appeared to be a reaction to court decisions to grant various opposition party leaders bail in the past week.
On Thursday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had suspended the life sentence handed to PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi in 2018 in the ephedrine quota case, ordering his release on bail.