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President has sought legal opinion on NAB chief’s letter, says Naek

Published Jan 31, 2013 10:03am


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Law Minister Farooq H Naek. — File photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek on Thursday said President Asif Ali Zardari has sent National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman’s letter to the law ministry and has sought a legal opinion on it, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives outside the Parliament House, the minister said that if NAB chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari has directly submitted his resignation in the letter, then President Zardari would be taking action on it.

Moreover, Naek said the ministry was examining all legal aspects of the letter especially with regard to whether it contains a resignation.

In a letter dated Jan 27 and dispatched from the chairman’s home address in Chak Shahzad Farms, Park Road, Bokhari had directly accused members of the superior judiciary of trying to influence the outcome of the coming general election.

Addressing his appointing authority, the president, Bokhari cast serious doubts over the role of the Supreme Court which he said “could be seen as pre-poll rigging”.

The letter was released to the media on Monday.

NAB spokesman Zafar Iqbal confirmed the contents of the letter which he said had been formally delivered to the president’s secretariat.


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Comments (8) Closed

Saeed Feb 01, 2013 12:19am
Still everything going proper channel .Both parties trying to play by rule. Very very good sign . For common people keep in mind there is nothing kosher in this world, and it is the pefect world yet. So try to enjoy democracy.
Exposure Jan 31, 2013 10:34am
The judiciary should get their own house in order when it comes to upholding the law. Still today the lawyers and judges are bent. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Dr Imran Jan 31, 2013 04:17pm
What this judiciary is doing with NAB is completely illegal and unconstitutional. Ch. Iftikhar is abusing the contempt of court powers and his judicial authority. The people and the National Parliament should take away the contempt ( or restrict it to conduct in the court premises) and also repeal the suo motto powers of the judiciary.
General SAM Jan 31, 2013 04:18pm
Peoples Party Government and its appointees are not respecting laws and constitution at all. Where President and Prime Minister have been proved corrupt and arrest orders have been issued ....similarly, many more other cases........Shame.....they does not deserve to stay in power a single minute anymore. India is killing our military personnel on LOC and Fahim (PPP Minister) is announcing India as a Most favorite Nation......what a shame??? do they have brains???
Syed Ahmed Jan 31, 2013 03:28pm
Instead of catching the thief and sending the for trial the NAB protects them in the garb of 'insufficent evidence' and even let the off the hook. What is insufficent about evidence, the whole country is power crises. The industries are almost shut down.
Malick Jan 31, 2013 01:29pm
A great proud, a great gift and a great congratulation to Pakistani Awam from the battle of NAB and Supreme Court institutions. A sweet fight between lion and elephant. Nation should support and enjoy this fight. Well done NAB and Supreme Court.
Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jan 31, 2013 05:42pm
Nawaz Court I mean Supreme Court is perceived as bias. I wonder why? :-) Any one still have doubts?
sk Jan 31, 2013 06:10pm
As opposition (PML-N and others) is impotent and the government becomes irrelevant (case in point PPP's pathetic performance in the last 4 years), then judiciary has to step up to the plate. We need a very strong and active opposition if people of Pakistan want democracy to work.