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100 clearing agents granted bails in missing containers case

100 clearing agents granted bails in missing containers case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has granted pre-arrest bails to at least 100 Customs forwarding and clearing agents in different references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) regarding 19,000 missing containers’ scam.

The anti-NAB appellate bench, headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, granted pre-arrest bail to the agents as NAB prosecutors did not oppose the decision.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had ordered the NAB to probe into in the case of missing containers loaded with logistics for Nato and ISAF troops in Afghanistan.

Dozens of petitioners had alleged that the NAB is harassing them as they had no role in the scam. Lawyers said that the forwarding and clearing agents are responsible for getting the consignments cleared and handed them over to the Afghan authorities at the Chaman border and they performed this job efficiently.

The lawyers alleged that the NAB is harassing the agents to save bigger fish. The petitioners pleaded the court grant them bail before the arrest.