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Sharjeel Memon resigns as PAC member

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader, Sharjeel Inam Memon, on Wednesday resigned as member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), ARY News reported.

Memon was appointed as the PAC member yesterday (March 19) by the Provincial Assembly of Sindh.

According to the former information minister Memon, “I am currently facing the investigation of the National Accountability Bureau…hence I cannot perform duties as the PAC member.”

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The Sindh Assembly had issued a notification on March 19 naming seven new members for the PAC. They were: Faryal Talpur, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Ghulam Qadir Chandio, Muhammad Qasim Soomro, Abdul Karim Soomro, Syed Farukh Ahmed Shah and Ghanwer Ali Khan Isran.

On Oct 23, 2017, the former provincial information minister was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after his bail plea was rejected in a corruption case pertaining to the award of advertisements at inflated rates by misusing his power.

Between July 2013 and June 2015, an amount of Rs5.76 billion was paid to seven advertisement agencies.

Almost four months after Memon’s arrest, he was indicted last year in February along with former information secretary of Sindh Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani and 13 others in the aforementioned corruption reference. According to the reference, Memon and the suspected persons have been accused of awarding contracts in violation of the law at exorbitant rates.

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