Pakistan

Sindh opp leader arrested by anti-corruption team again


An anti-corruption team on Wednesday arrested Sindh Assembly opposition leader Haleem Adil Sheikh while he was returning from Jamshoro. 

Sheikh’s spokesperson told The Express Tribune that the opposition leader was arrested from Jamshoro Toll Plaza as he was returning from a hearing. He said no details of the case were shared by the officers with the PTI leader. “We do not know in which case he was wanted,” he added.

The spokesperson further said Sheikh was already on bail in a case related to 60 acres of land in Jamshoro. "It seems like a new case," he said.

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Leaders of PTI in the provincial assembly have called it a "case of political victimization".

Condemning the arrest, MPA Bilal Ghafar demanded the immediate release of the opposition leader. He said that “the government has taken revenge for its defeat in Punjab”.

Former Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Khurram Sher Zaman and others also demanded the immediate release of Sheikh.

It is pertinent to note that on July 15, the Sindh High Court restrained the Anti-Corruption Department from taking action against Sheikh on a petition pertaining to pending inquiries and harassment.

Earlier this month, after an anti-corruption unit from Karachi had detained Sheikh in Lahore, the Lahore High Court declared Sheikh’s arrest illegal and ordered his release, granting the PTI lawmaker protective bail till July 18.


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