PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique were arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday in line with their alleged involvement in the Paragon Housing Society scam.
According to the prosecutors, there is a plethora of evidence that links the Khawaja brothers as well as Saad’s wife and brother-in-law to the scam.
According to the NAB prosecutor, the brothers had admitted to taking millions of rupees as commission from the bogus housing scheme. Arguing before the two-judge bench, the NAB prosecutor added, “Money earned through illegal means is still illegitimate even if it is mentioned in the tax returns.”
Within minutes of the twin arrests, Pakistani social media was abuzz with reactions.
Some cried FOUL…
Arrest of @KhSaad_Rafique and his brother is another example of political victimization. Pakistan is going towards one party rule in the name of anti corruption drive with the help of NAB#KhawajaSaadRafique https://t.co/VgrpxijTjK
— Mustafa Azizabadi (@azizabadi) December 11, 2018
Genuine politicians being jailed, media silenced, freedom of expression is forcefully snatched, social media activists being kidnapped & harassed. This is what full Coup is totally unfolding in #Pakistan in the name of change. #SalmanRafique#HamzaShehbaz#KhawajaSaadRafique
— Gull Khan (@GullKha69066772) December 11, 2018
یہ وقت بھی گزر جائے گا. انتقام اتنا ہی لو جتنا کل کو سہہ بھی سکو , یہ لوگ تو عادی ہیں جیلوں کے , یہ پھانسی پے بھی لٹکے ہیں,انتقام میں اپنے بھی کھوئے ہیں , انکو ڈرانا نہ ممکن ہے , یہ مشرف سے بھی ٹکراۓ ہیں اور وقت سے بھی . بس اتنا ہی ظلم کرو جتنا کل برداشت کرلو #KhawajaSaadRafique
— Faizan Khan (@Faizankhaan91) December 11, 2018
…While others cracked jokes at the expense of Khawaja Saad Rafique.
#KhawajaSaadRafique in Trouble😏
When "Iron Shola" become "Chikar Shola" 😁👇 pic.twitter.com/VUCADWfRT8
— Asad R 🇵🇰 (@AsadSher01) December 11, 2018
— Rana Awais #BehindYouSkipper (@RanaAwais_) December 11, 2018
Incidentally, since most of the PML-N leaders were taken into custody on Fridays, Tuesday-is-the-new-Friday quickly became the subject of many tweets.
Former Federal Minister #KhawajaSaadRafique & his brother Salman Rafique arrested by NAB from Lahore High Court. Also, #HamzaShehbaz, son of detained Opposition Leader of the Parliament, Shahbaz Sharif, offloaded from a Doha-bound flight at Lahore airport. Fryday on Tuesday!
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) December 11, 2018
— S. (@ecstasy_404) December 11, 2018
While this is still a developing story, yet meme-makers were among the firsts to react!
— Pakistani 🇵🇰 (@PakistaniBoy666) December 11, 2018
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