Pakistan

Sharjeel Memon denies rumours of returning after striking deal

KARACHI: Former Sindh minister and Pakistan People’s Party leader Sharjeel Memon on Tuesday strongly denied rumours that he had returned to the country after striking a deal.

Speaking to reporters after arrival at the Karachi airport, Memon said that he had returned to the country to face the various cases against him in the courts.

“I have returned to face the courts, and people think I have come back through a deal,” he said. “I cannot satisfy them. I have my trust in God alone.”

When asked on his name being placed on the Exit Control List after he fled the country, Memon strongly criticised interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and asked him to clarify the policy on placing names on the list.

“Chaudhry Nisar should clarify policy on placing names on the ECL,” he said. “If he wants to place on personal whims, then it is his choice.”

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He also questioned why his name was placed on the ECL when there was no case against him, while names of individuals with cases such as Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar were not being placed.

“Chaudhry Nisar want to makes this as ‘Nawazistan’ but we will keep it Pakistan,” he added questioning the impartiality of the interior minister of placing name on the ECL.

Memon said that he will challenge his name being on the ECL in court.

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He once again reiterated that he was kidnapped rather than arrested upon arrival at the Islamabad airport on Saturday.

However, he said that he could  have lodged a case against the agency but had instead forgiven them if they do not repeat a similar incident.

He said that he it was his personal opinion that prime minister Nawaz Sharif never speaks from the heart. He said that military courts were brought back as a necessity over the prevailing law and order situation in the country.

Memon was arrested upon arrival in Islamabad by the National Accountability Bureau and was later released after interrogation after he showed evidence of bail against him.

Memon received protective bail from the Islamabad High Court on Monday and extended his bail till April 4.

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