Anti-corruption court orders arrest of Qaim Ali Shah's daughter

Published: December 4, 2013

FIA has been ordered to arrest and present Naheed in court on Dec 11. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Central anti-corruption court on Wednesday issued a warrant for the arrest of Sindh Chief Minister’s daughter Naheed Durrani, Express News reported.

Express News correspondent Shakir Sultan reported that the arrest warrant was issued because Naheed Durrani failed to appear in court on multiple occasions during a case related to import-export in which the Federal Investigation Agency had nominated her as a witness.

The court has now ordered the FIA to arrest Durrani and present her in court on December 11.

Durrani, a CSS qualified officer, is said to be one of the most powerful bureaucrats in the present set-up, and has previously served as Secretary Education, Secretary Finance and Secretary Planning and Development for Sindh.

Clarification: Further probe in the matter relating to issuance of non- bailable warrants against Naheed Shah Durrani revealed she was a prosecution witness in the case and not one of the accused. The court had issued summons calling for filing of a security bond for ensuring her appearance on December 11, 2013. Durrani had appeared for recording her evidence on November 12, 2013 when she was called for the first time, and on this date the case was adjourned. Subsequently two dates of the hearing were fixed within the next 20 days and it was nonappearance on these two hearings that led to the calling for filing of a surety bond of Rs5,000.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Hani Sindhi
    Dec 4, 2013 - 7:41PM

    Great job, especially the NON-BAILABLE ARREST, these PPP feudals have spread corruption in everything from PIA to NADRA in their last 5 years of badshahat

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  • H. Khan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Let justice be done.All citizens are equal before law

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  • Insaan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 7:59PM

    Looks like she does not cover her hair. She is giving HARD times to Muslim men who look at her picture.

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  • MJ
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:16PM

    Knowing well that who she is, someone with powerful connections and a part of our bureaucracy, I am sure she is not losing any sleep over this.

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  • Hamza chaudary
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:25PM

    To Be arrested as sindh CM’s daughter and a senior bureaucrate . it’s shameful.And i think court should use their orders in limited cricle.

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  • A J KHAN
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:26PM

    Courts are in habit of harassing law abiding citizens & those who respect them. This in not news but habit of ch judiciary.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:26PM

    She is not involved in any corruption. When a witness fails to appear in a court, such warrants are issued. Its strange witness is made an example, but the person who is destroying economy, trade and paving way for future sanctions is being hailed as a Hero.

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  • Hamza chaudary
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:30PM

    to Be arrested as sindh cm daughter and a senior bearuecrate . it’s shameful.
    I Think court should use their orders in limited cricle.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:33PM

    She will be appearing in the court on December 11, 2013 without having handcuffs.

    After all she is the daughter of three times elected Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah and she herself is a graduate of “CSS University” from where the most powerful lobby is generated and at times it can fail any sitting government.Recommend

  • angry citizen
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:47PM

    does any one have guts to arrest this well connected lady!!! i dont think so.Recommend

  • MJ
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:53PM

    @Insaan: Why don’t you troll the papers from your own country and ogle the barely covered ladies proudly displayed on the pages of Times of India?

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  • A Abid S
    Dec 4, 2013 - 8:54PM

    She is a govt official…why is she not getting suspended why this topi drama…actually why is she not getting fired…In my company if internal auditor wants to ask me something in relation to fraud and i keep ignoring…i will get fired to say the least….

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  • masialu
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:19PM

    Sensational journalism nothing will happen this is Pakistan where only powerful people rule and for Insaan no wonder Muslims are in state they are with thinking like yours

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Why don’t the people of Pakistan understand that these people are above the law and the constitution of the country. The laws are made by the same very elite for the common people and it seems that there is this manice of corruption in every sector and institutions including the armed forces. Some how this curse of corruption has seeped into our genes and even the young generation is preparing to loot the country and mortgage their future to the foreigners. Did any one notice how NADRA’s Chief was removed by the Sharif brothers. I think you people deserve what you got because you put them there. The judge of the Central anti-corruption court should not hold his breath because there will be some repercussions for his decision. The civil society should stand by this judge and see to it that no harm is done to him or her.

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  • Sodomite
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:36PM

    She makes me sick for defying the courts of law, when they are meant to uphold the law. That’s why Pakistan is in doo-doo.

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  • Kiran Muzammil
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:42PM

    The Sharif’s better beware, they are trying to settle political scores with Sindhi leaders, Sindhi government officials, retired Sindhi federal officers, and even Sindhi judges and business professionals. Do not forget Nawaz Sharif, if you continue to show your prejudice against Sindhis alone, while your Punjabi corrupt brothers and cousins and friends continue to make hay while the sun shines, eventually your power grasp will come to an end and we may see a replay of you behind bars in Attock jail, crying like a baby because mosquitos are biting you.

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  • Yousuf
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:55PM

    So funny…now courts are telling jokes in their judgements

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  • lolz
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:55PM

    @Insaan:
    Really. I hope her cellphone has one of those Apps Kareena so desperately advertises for Indian women.

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  • Kamal Khan
    Dec 4, 2013 - 9:58PM

    I hope she gets punished hard if she has done corruption. We Sindhis are really sick of PPP but we dont have any other party to vote for. PTI is going crazy and wont win seats again from Sindh because we are secularists and PTI is doing opposite of what we want

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  • ashar
    Dec 4, 2013 - 10:11PM

    She is a respectable woman and a competent Government Officer. I hope this matter will be resolved.

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  • Sajjad Shah
    Dec 4, 2013 - 10:23PM

    @Kiran Muzammil:

    You are absolutely correct. Everytime the Sharif family is in power, they manipulate government machinery to target Sindhi officials, while continuing to protect corrupt and incompetent punjabi officers who seem to get away with murder, as long as they are friends of the Sharif brothers. I think the video of Nawaz Sharif crying like a woman in jail should be sent to him again as he seems be drunk with power already, which means he has not learnt anything in the years he was in exile and out of politics. Somethings never change unfortunately and the Sharif family is proof of the same.

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  • Philip Shaw
    Dec 4, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @Insaan: Grow up ! wear a Burka yourself and leave women alone !

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  • Uza Syed
    Dec 4, 2013 - 10:58PM

    She deserved this, she should be handcuffed or hanged, all I care. Her being CSS qualified is not impressive enough as far as I’m concerned, after all who doesn’t know how these corrupt to the core offspring of the powerful get such qualifications and postings. Having said this, I want such attitude by the authorities without any discrimination, all such arrogant and corrupt people must be treated exactly as the law stipulates. They must be dragged down to the level where they think only the ordinary citizens belong, no one is above law and law must assert itself.

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  • Baba Ji
    Dec 4, 2013 - 10:58PM

    Drama Baazi …. Level : Star plus !!!

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  • S
    Dec 4, 2013 - 11:09PM

    Such a hue & cry over a very routine thing of law. She is neither guilty nor she is involved in any matter of damaging the country. She is merely a ‘wintness’ in some case, and because of tough schedule, she might have not been able to attend the regular court hearing to give her required witness. Courts, issue such arrest warrants on regular basis. Not a big concern. She will just appear and give her reply, whatever she desire to share with the court regarding the relevant case. But, here, in above comments, there is much to ponder over.
    Two days back, CJP Chaudhary desperately failed to get the DG FC presented before his court. Routinely, he keep intimadating the DG FC to initiate contempt of court proceedings against him, but he is the one who is not even slightly moved by the courts order and remains determined to never be present before any court of law, sighting it demoralizing for the soldiers under his command. An elected PM can routinely come in the court, gets dismissed and another elected one too dragged in courts, but not a concern for any. Here, the main question is when DG FC routinely and deliberately avoids court when court has got credible evidences against him and cases directly pertain to his personal involvement in the forced disappearances. There is not a single voice erupting out of zealots’ mouth. But, ready to pour in never-lasting unnecessary cries when a law-abiding CSS-qualified senior beaurucrate could not appear before court…!! Hope these double-standards and discrimination will get eradicated and people will develope sense of responsibility and understanding the matters without being biased. Regards.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Dec 5, 2013 - 12:19AM

    In a country where the CJ of SC keeps ordering the generals to present disappeared persons for months and they do not obey his orders this is a storm in a teacup. How many times the CJ has given final notices to the govt officials and each time they did not honor the orders, the CJ gave yet another final notice just to be neglected again and again. In fact the FC chief had refused to appear before the CJ.
    The lady is only a witness not the criminal and she would obtain bail from Sindh HC. This is only adventurism and sensationalism to fool the public that these special anticorruption courts are actually doing something useful.

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  • SHB
    Dec 5, 2013 - 12:55AM

    @Insaan:
    Close your eyes if you are that concerned

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  • SHB
    Dec 5, 2013 - 12:58AM

    @A J KHAN:
    You are totally wrong. If she is law abiding then why she did not appear in the court in the past. Looks like you have changed the definition of law abiding citizens.

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  • Fmk
    Dec 5, 2013 - 1:02AM

    This seems very sad the judiciary has become the third party such a disgrace for a CS officer this can only happen in Pakistan. Gis ke lathi us ke bhainse
    Very shameless act?

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  • SHB
    Dec 5, 2013 - 1:05AM

    @ashar:
    Can you explain or give the reason why she did not appear in the court?
    Being respectable and competent has nothing to do with the present situation. Period.

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  • SHB
    Dec 5, 2013 - 1:08AM

    @S:
    Give the reason why she could not appear in the court?
    No sympathetic statements.

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  • MJ
    Dec 5, 2013 - 4:28AM

    @Mirza. I agree with your comment but our CJ himself is to be blamed. He has lost all credibility and respect due to his own doings, and sadly the people in Pakistan have sometimes no choice left but to resort to vigilante justice.

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  • MAK
    Dec 5, 2013 - 9:16AM

    I wanna see that she gets arrested and stays in the custody of FIA or Police until she is presented in the court. I can bet it will not happen and she will be given a special treatment because law in Pakistan is not equal for everyone.Recommend

  • eagleye
    Dec 6, 2013 - 5:37PM

    @Insan…what a depraved mind!!!! And why does religion come in?Recommend

  • Hassan Aftab Bachani
    Jan 19, 2014 - 6:23PM

    1) You morons,she was nominated as a witness and not as the accused.
    2) She is not a corrupt bureaucrat like her father. In fact Miss Naheed Shah is a well-respected and hard-working philanthropist who has fought hard to revive the failing education system in Pakistan.In doing so, she even came in clash with her father and other corrupt officials who clearly do not enjoy the company of those who wish to lead this country to progress.
    3) The court failed to inform of the correct hearing date due to which this situation occurred.Even though technically it is not her burden to serve as a witness.

    Very poor media reporting. You made an honest and honourable lady sound like a criminal.
    Stupider still are the comments who opt to brand someone else for the sins of their fathers and fore-fathers, even though our religion clearly condemns us from doing so!

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