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Supreme Court of Pakistan. — Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court bench on Thursday ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file reference within a week against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and  Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Secretary General Jehangir Badar within a week, being responsible for the appointment of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority's (Ogra) former chairman Tauqir Sadiq and later providing him protection from arrest.

A two-member-bench of the apex court comprising of Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja resumed hearing the case pertaining to the implementation of the court's order to arrest the former Ogra chief.

During the hearing, NAB prosecutor informed the court that police had arrested Sadiq in the UAE  but he was later released.

The bench, expressing its outrage over the failure to arrest the former Ogra chief, ordered for a reference to be filed against all those who had helped Sadiq escape from the country.

A NAB official informed the court that the names of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Secretary General  Jehangir Badar were included in the list of peopleaccused of helping Sadiq flee from the country.

He added that a report for filing a reference was prepared and sent to Director General NAB for his signatures.

The court granted NAB with one week to submit the reference, adjourning the hearing until Jan 31.

The apex court had ordered NAB to conduct an investigation in cases of corruption against Tauqir Sadiq after declaring his appointment as the chairman of Ogra as illegal on Nov 25, 2011.

Rehman Malik refutes allegations

The Federal Ministry of Interior refuted the accusations of non-cooperation against  Interior Minister Rehman Malik  made by NAB as reported in a section of the press regarding case of Tauqeer Sadiq.

The allegations about non-cooperation of Minister for Interior, seen through tickers on different TV channels,are not based on facts.These allegation are totally baseless, motivated and a false propaganda, said the Spokesman of the ministry.

He said minister for Interior had earlier ordered inquiry into the fleeing of former chairman, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), Tauqeer Sadiq from Pakistan and director general, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was asked to submit a report in this regard.

As per official record, the minister had also ordered for placing his name on Exit Control List (ECL) on January 19, 2012 within 24 hours of submission of file to him.

He said there is no non-cooperation, whatsoever, by the minister for Interior with the NAB in this matter.

The Spokesman said there was no influence by Senator Jehangir Badar or anybody else on the minister.

He said the FIA inquiry revealed that Tauqeer Sadiq did not leave Pakistan through authorized routes. The FIA took the cognisance and tried to trace him in Dubai where he was arrested with help of Dubai authorities.

Minister for Interior had also directed FIA to inquire through Interpol, Dubai as to why he (Tauqeer) was released when request for his deportation or extradition was made to United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities.

He said Minister for Interior fully cooperated with NAB and Tauqeer Sadiq is still on ECL.

The Minister for Interior reserved the right to sue those involved in dis-information against him and FIA, he concluded.

Comments (31) Closed

JAVAID KHAN Jan 24, 2013 08:32am
Only an honest leadeship can arrest criminals.When the goverments has crimnals with in their rank no justice is possible.
Mushtaq Ahmad Jan 24, 2013 10:07am
SC is waisting its breath in vain as Rehman malik has licence to do any thing in Pakistan---He is untochable
F Hyat Jan 26, 2013 01:30am
To the NAB chairman and all his collegues, Thank you gentlemen for all that you are doing , keep up the good work. We are all behind you.
Oracle Jan 24, 2013 11:44am
I think Malik is telling the truth!
Zaf Jan 25, 2013 07:20pm
How can it be that a handfull of people can take a nation of 180 million people on a ride like this, I personally blame the people who vote according to caste, loyalty and greed and in some cases complete ignorance of whom they are voting for, no one ever looks at the history of the individual or his/her ability to lead, I give you the case of the egyptians who changed the whole system in few weeks.
Adnan Jan 24, 2013 12:27pm
I don't think there is any 'real' shaheed.
hasan Jan 24, 2013 12:25pm
His (Tauqir) name is on the list to move freely not on ECL by any standards. Probably airport officials couldn't read his passport. He reached Dubai on a cycle!
Prof L. H. Zaidi Jan 24, 2013 01:17pm
The country needs clean up, for this to happen guiltiness must operate 24/7.
havi Jan 24, 2013 06:31am
NAB chairman has to be discharged somehow
pathanoo Jan 24, 2013 07:13pm
Does any Pakistani believe that Rehman Malik had nothing to do with Tauqir Sadiq's flight and protection in Dubai thereafter. Mark my word nothing will come out of theis charade by the Supreme Court.Should PPP come to power in the next elections, Rehman Malik would be a Minister again.
Naila Jan 24, 2013 10:49am
Most people in our government are habitual law-breakers. If the law punishes them, they are reborn as 'shaheeds' (my apology to 'real' shaheeds) and pick up to scam and con from where they had left. They will never learn or be rehabilitated. It'll serve the country and people to put them away for good. However, to let the 'democracy' win, people MUST vote the corrupts out of the office .. please, people!
Parvez Jan 24, 2013 10:50am
Loot and plunder in broad daylight...................
Zishi Jan 24, 2013 01:34pm
Completely agree. Please vote someone other than the two corrupt political parties in the next election. They have robbed the country and will continue to do so if they are give a chance again. They have never worked and will never work.
SJ Jan 24, 2013 01:54pm
The prime minister, the interior minister and others should be put behind bars. Enough of the corruption.
Shahid Masud Jan 24, 2013 02:09pm
Death penalty for all involved.
Ebrahim Jan 24, 2013 02:27pm
Very good comment By Naila
MJK Jan 24, 2013 03:06pm
Problem is, no one is accountable in the government. If man was arrested in Dubai & then released, don't we have an extradition treaty with Dubai ? Dubai is becoming a refuge of all absconders.
khalid saeed Jan 24, 2013 03:38pm
First they let Tauqir Zia escape (with all support from PPP machinery through illegal ) mean then you put him name on ECL. This is tactic used by PPP and Rehman Malik
asfi Jan 24, 2013 03:55pm
All three are corrupt to the hilt. Do we have any doubt
Muhammad Jan 24, 2013 05:31pm
The root cause of all such problems in Pakistan is the people of Pakistan. People are naive, complacent and powerless. Until and unless the people wake up and take control, the status quo will continue.
Abdullah Hussain Jan 24, 2013 05:37pm
Exit control should be issued against all those responsible
Amjad Wyne Jan 24, 2013 05:46pm
Someone should forward this piece to Nadeem F Piracha of the Dawn.
Muhammad yousaf Jan 24, 2013 05:50pm
All PPP junta are corrupt politicians and hope in the next elections they are voted out. Not only they should be voted out but also barred from next elections. Get rid of these corrupted agents pakistan could really start progressing
imran Jan 24, 2013 06:56pm
worthless place to be a resident of
Junaid Hashmat Jan 24, 2013 08:39pm
We are in dire need to change this mind set by defeating them in the 2013 election. We need to back Supreme Court on social media. We need to wipe out corrupt people from parliament by not voting for them. If we want to save Pakistan then we have to do this.
imran Jan 24, 2013 08:57pm
Its not even news anymore. Its pretty much a given that this present so called government is by the far the most corrupt, useles, pathetic, immoral, insensititve and utterly devoid of compassion.
Sal Khan Jan 24, 2013 10:05pm
I fully agree
wizarat Jan 24, 2013 10:24pm
Instead of firing the NAB Chairman, lets give him an incentive to perform his job. For each successful prosecution he makes 30% to 50% of the recovered loot and he will not be lynched by a mob.
fraz Jan 25, 2013 12:15am
once this government is gone, we hope that we can find the truth and also we can nab these criminals
sullu Jan 25, 2013 01:21pm
Please stop call it PPP its Zardari league.They deliberately hired corrupt and dishonest people to have their share with comfort.
M Shan Jan 25, 2013 05:37am
True Madam, Culprits escaped with the help of these culprits and still placed on ECL?