PESHAWAR: After Prime Minister Imran Khan criticised arrest of a widely known archaeologist by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB), the anti-graft watchdog’s head on Saturday took discover of the difficulty and directed officers right here to provide the suspect earlier than him together with related file.
An announcement issued by the NAB headquarters mentioned its chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal “seen with respect” the companies rendered by Dr Abdus Samad, the director for Archaeology and Museum, Peshawar, and promised that necessities for justice within the case can be fulfilled in accordance with the Structure and legislation.
Justice Iqbal requested director basic of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter of NAB to provide Dr Samad earlier than him on Monday together with particulars of the costs towards him and the related file.
PM, CM, others criticise arrest of skilled
Dr Samad was taken into custody on Feb 14 by the NAB officers on costs of finishing up unlawful appointments of round 96 low-grade staffers for various archaeological websites within the province.
He was remanded within the custody of NAB for 10 days on Feb 15.
His arrest triggered an outcry, particularly on the social media, as his supporters highlighted his contributions to the fields of archaeology and tourism.
Prime Minister Khan took discover of a tweet by a senior journalist. Whereas re-tweeting on the journalist’s tweet, he mentioned: “The NAB chairman ought to take motion towards these in his establishment who’re liable for this disgraceful act.”
In his tweet, the journalist had said: “NAB introduced the one PhD in Sanskrit in Asia from Germany, a Fulbright scholar and a gold medallist in archaeology, Dr Samad, to courtroom for using low-paid staff to push back unlawful excavations. What a disgrace! Why ought to anyone serve right here!”
Other than the prime minister, the provincial authorities additionally put its weight behind Dr Samad and condemned the NAB’s motion.
Chief Minister Mehmood Khan criticised Dr Samad’s arrest and termed the NAB’s function within the province “flawed”.
“The arrest of Abdus Samad Khan is flawed and if NAB continues harassing sincere officers in KP, it’s going to hinder improvement within the province,” he mentioned whereas addressing a perform held in reference to the tree plantation drive in Matta, Swat.
In the meantime, regardless of directives issued by an accountability courtroom to NAB officers, the shut members of the family of Dr Samad weren’t allowed to satisfy him on Saturday.
Whereas permitting his bodily custody by NAB, Decide Naveed Ahmad Khan had ordered the officers involved to deal with the suspect with respect and permit his members of the family to satisfy him. Nevertheless, when some members of the family went to the NAB’s regional workplace, they weren’t allowed to satisfy the senior archaeologist.
Printed in Daybreak, February 17th, 2019