The bench directed Shah to submit Rs 10 million surety bonds in the court. Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah freed from Sukkur central jail after two years, was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 2019 under graft charges. The Supreme Court of Pakistan approved his bail plea on Thursday, Shah was released after the surety bonds were submitted on Saturday. The court also ordered to keep the name of Shah in the exit control list (ECL). The reference was filed against 18 people including Shah, his wives, daughters, sons, and close aides for misappropriation of Rs1.23 billion. Justice Umar Ata Bandial instructed NAB to continue its investigation against Shah but not keep him permanently in jail.
Khursheed Shah released from jail after 25 months
Shah spent over two years in detention after being arrested by the National Accountability Bureau’s Sukkur chapter on September 18, 2019.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Leader
The former opposition leader in the National Assembly
Shah and 17 co-accused, including his two wives, two sons, two nephews, contractors and alleged frontmen, had pleaded not guilty to charges of accumulating assets beyond known sources of income when an accountability court judge formally indicted them in Dec 2020.
Shah, who is also the former leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, was in police custody for almost two-and-a-half years. He remained under treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Sukkur, for about two years during the period.