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NAB chief calls upon court to reopen cases against Sharifs

Published Jul 13, 2012 09:02pm


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NAB Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari. — Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau, Admiral (retd), has requested an accountability court to reopen pending cases against PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif.

“On the recommendation of a special committee, the NAB chairman has signed an application requesting the accountability court to reopen three references against the Sharif brothers to contest quashment petition which was filed by the Sharifs in the Lahore High Court in October 2011,” NAB spokesman Zafar Iqbal told Dawn on Friday.

The three cases are Hudaibiya Paper Mills, Assets Beyond Known Sources of Income and the Ittefaq Foundry (Wilful Loan Default).

Proceedings in the cases were adjourned sine die by the accountability court in 2001 when the brothers were in exile. After their return to the country, NAB filed an application in 2007 reopening the cases. The application was accepted but in 2010 the cases were adjourned sine die by the accountability court which directed that the trial could be commenced if an application signed by NAB’s chairman was submitted before the court.

The incumbent NAB chairman constituted a special committee to revisit all cases pending against politicians.

“The committee recommended filing of an application under the signature of the chairman for recommencement of these cases,” the spokesman said.

He said the special committee was in the process of scrutinising the remaining cases against politicians and its findings/recommendations would be shared with the media.  Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik had also referred, in his capacity as interior minister, a case against the Sharif brothers to NAB two months ago.

Sources said a team of investigators comprising 15 officials had been formed to investigate cases relating to Rental Power Projects (RPPs), Pakistan Railways, Pakistan Steel Mills and against the Sharif brothers.

When contacted, Punjab government’s spokesman Pervez Rashid said that NAB had so far not informed his party about the matter.

“If we receive any such notice, we will look into it and decide what to do,” he said. He said the cases had already been investigated three times in the past — first by the Pakistan People’s Party government in 1988 and again by the PPP government in 1993 and the third time by former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

He said that NAB had already been accused of having become a tool at the hands of rulers for twisting the arms of opposition leaders and its action against PML-N leaders would invite further criticism. During a recent meeting with senior media personnel, the NAB chairman had said that President Asif Ali Zardari had stopped him from reopening cases against the Sharif brothers.


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Pakistani Jul 14, 2012 03:36am
And 4+ years later the games start not that i favor NS & Co, our nation need to grow up and have a NON BIASED NAB under the wings of the SC ... only way forward.... rest are all tactics to bring force measures that please one side or the other while the NATION GETS THE SHORT END OF THE STICK.....just think y it took 4+ years to wake up.... democracy at its best taking revenge
Syed A. Zafar Jul 14, 2012 06:24am
It is simply a game in my opinion to show the world that it can also open cases against Shariffs. If the judiciary has no interest in opening cases against Shariffs and other right wing corrupt leaders, how can poor NAB be serious and independent in taking cases against them? Are not these important departments under the influence and dictation of the judiciary? and what authority, ability and independence NAB has that can enable it to try such powerful corrupt leaders of Pakistan? and if it has the ability to try them successfully? won't its decision/conviction will ultimately be challenged and reversed in SC? So what is the use of NAB and such other departments except wasting tons of national money on the enrichment of some? Did not we notice that whenever a NAB chief tried to be independent and take cases against Shariffs and others, he was forced to quit or being discharged. Besides, the military heads of such departments are most of the time found to be dishonest, corrupt and and incompetent. Did not we see what happened to our big national corporations like PIA and Steel Mill etc? I really do not understand why we need military officers to run every department of Pakistan and they are supposed to be master of all when they are nothing but... " Her shaakh pay ulloo baithaa hai, gulshan kaa na jaanay kyaa hoga" (owls are sitting on every branch of our tree, I wonder what will happen to our tree-Pakistan)