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Former Balochistan finance secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani submitted an application to negotiate a plea bargain at the accountability court in Quetta. His plea bargain application was previously approved by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman in the first week of January.

The accountability court directed NAB authorities to share all information about recovery of properties from the accused with governments of Balochistan and Sindh. Judge Abdul Majeed Nasar at the accountability court issued notices to the chief secretaries of of the two provinces to support NAB with its investigation.

He also directed the two provincial governments to inform the court with details if the properties recovered from Raisani are auctioned off.

According to the application, on May 6, 2016 NAB recovered 2.7 kilogrammes of gold, more than 2.3 million US dollars, 15,000 pounds and 16,010 Saudi riyals from Raisani's residence.

The NAB chairman had accepted the plea bargain which Raisani and the co-accused Suhail Majeed had put forth on Dec 21, 2016.

The decision received severe criticism from political parties and civil society members, that lashed out on NAB for accepting a plea bargain on such a huge amount of corruption. Another accused in the same corruption scandal, the former adviser to the Chief Minister on finance Mir Khalid Langove is still serving jail time. NAB sources said the accused used more than 100 accounts for transactions of money.

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humble Jan 11, 2017 06:16pm

Seems like NAB is a facilitator of corruption designed to accommodate such Politicians ,(For the politicians , by the politicians).

The other day i heard Mister Ishaq Dar commenting on TV that after Plea bargin the accused will not be able to serve or get a job in any government institute.

I was wondering after such levels of corruption(wealth acquired) me or my seven generation would not even need to find a job.

Harmony-1© Jan 11, 2017 06:19pm

Nawaz should do the same and get away with it all...this is what our ruling elite does.

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Jan 11, 2017 06:25pm

What a silly joke?

KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Jan 11, 2017 06:26pm

Wonderful way of "Facilitating the corruption". Poor people shall be thrown out of the rich country after looting their HARD EARNED money. That's called the PLEA BARGAIN.

JUSTICE Jan 11, 2017 06:39pm

He should be locked up in jail that will teach others corrupt politicians a lesson, this only way free Pakistan from corruption. In Pakistan NAB has been responsible of encouraging corruption politicians to continue corruption because NAB is always there to save them in plea bargain.

citizen Jan 11, 2017 07:15pm

majority of the knowledgeable people's blood is boiling on this plea bargain tamasha.

ABDUl Qayum Jan 11, 2017 07:19pm

The chance of plea bargaining is still for PM NAWAZ also if he gets fully xpose in PNAMA game.....Jevy Jevy Pakistan.

Syed Ali Jan 11, 2017 07:54pm

The case should not end with plea bargain or jailing Raisani . He can not all alone or with adviser to Chief Minister do such Himalyan corruption. There must be a dozen persons involvement including Chief Minister. They should be investigated brought to justice. All the looted property be confiscated, no plea bargain and he be sent to jail for rest of his life with hard labour.

Syed Zaheer Ali Jan 11, 2017 07:53pm

It looks like most of the powerful elites of this country don't believe "Jeway "Jeway" Pakistan. They believe "Looto" Looto" Pakistan.

Mahmood Jan 11, 2017 07:54pm

I hope and pray that this application is rejected. It is a farce for a thief to be allowed to keep the loot and go scot-free without any punishment for his crime.

Please do not insult the collective intelligence of the Pakistani tax-paying public.

Masoud Jan 11, 2017 08:20pm

This plea bargain has become an abuse. How easily an accused can get his hands washed clean. Plea bargain is basically a slap on the face of honesty & integrity. Tear this rule into pieces.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jan 11, 2017 08:45pm

Don't worry Sir. Law is only for the poor in our country. Powerful and rich people like you are above the law. You will be out as a free man in no time. Good Luck.

SaeEd Jan 11, 2017 09:06pm

Baragin with him ,in this way government will get the money back . Otherwise he will kept the money after max 10 years of sentence. What is better he live poor rest of his life or kept all his loot after some punishment.

M Husain Jan 11, 2017 09:30pm

Is there no limit to the greed and corruption of government employees! These officials get away scot free. Plea bargain, pay it back. No criminal record, have another go, you may be lucky next time!

isb Jan 11, 2017 10:18pm

So this is justice system of Pakistan.

rashid nasim Jan 11, 2017 11:57pm

It is amazing that these guys get away with such a crime and more alarming thing is that law enforcing agency defends them from being punish for the crime. Let me try to explain simple word, when you find so much cash at someone's home and he is not able to explain where it came from then that guy goes to Jail and law enforcement is suppose to investigate further and see if this criminal is involve in other similar crimes. He should be stripped with any property, cash found related to these criminals and you put them in jail for a very long time.