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Govt planning to bring NAB under PM Office


The PML-N government is considering bringing the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) under the Prime Minister’s Office from the law ministry, inside sources told Dawn on Tuesday.

A special cell has been formed in the PM Office headed by Joint Secretary Saleh Farooqui, who has recently been transferred from Punjab to the centre.

The purpose behind the move has not been specified, but it is believed that cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, which are being pursued by NAB in accountability courts, may have prompted the government to bring NAB under the administrative control of the PM Office.

A senior official of the PM Office expressed ignorance about any such move and said he could give an official version by Wednesday. He, however, confirmed that Punjab government official Saleh Farooqui had recently been appointed in the PM Office as a joint secretary.

Before being removed by the Supreme Court as chairman of NAB on May 28, retired Admiral Fasih Bokhari had requested an accountability court to reopen pending cases against the Sharif brothers.

At that time a NAB spokesman had said: “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 a quashing petition which was filed by them in the Lahore High Court in Oct, 2011.”

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 Sharif brothers were in exile.

After their return to the country, NAB filed an application in 2007 for reopening the cases. The application was accepted, but in 2010 the cases were adjourned sine die by the accountability court. It observed that the trial could commence if an application signed by the NAB chairman was submitted before the court.

Sources in NAB said a 15-man team of investigators had been formed by Admiral Bokhari to investigate cases relating to Rental Power Projects (RPPs), Pakistan Railways, Pakistan Steel Mills and the cases against the Sharif brothers.

In a briefing to caretaker prime minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Admiral Bokhari had suggested that NAB be brought under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Division from the law ministry.When NAB was established in 1999 it worked directly under the then president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf. It was put under the law ministry in 2009.

Ehtesab Bureau, the old version of NAB, was established in 1997 by Nawaz Sharif during his second stint as prime minister. It worked for two years.

Since the removal of Admiral Bokhari by the apex court, NAB has become dormant as no major decision has been taken.

During hearing of a case on Tuesday, the Supreme Court directed the government to immediately appoint a new chairman for NAB. This would require ‘meaningful’ consultations between the prime minister and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah.



Govt planning to bring NAB under PM Office - DAWN.COM

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This offical NAB response for Both NS and SS
http://ecp.gov.pk/SData/NA/NA-120-0035/NA-120_3520153698367_NAB.pdf
http://ecp.gov.pk/SData/PA/PP/PP-159-0061/PP-159_3520030856293_NAB.pdf
the statement goes
A Reference No. 11/2001 of Willful Loan Default Case is pending with Accountability Court No. IV, Rawalpindi. The High Court has granted the stay and quashment petition filed by the individual is still pending with High Court.
just wondering what were the references for other two (Hudaibiya Paper Mills, Assets Beyond Known Sources of Income)? Leader perhaps you can help us.
2- PML-N has already decided that NAB will be dissolved and a new body will be created by the consensus of parliament. They have already pushed a new bill in parliament for that (in 2011)
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-n...3-May-2013/n-hints-at-new-accountability-body
Dragging their feet: Accountability bill stalled, again
Temporary chairman or new NAB law, PML-N to decide quickly - thenews.com.pk
 

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This department should be independent and able to screw all, but these goons cannot see anyone above them.
 

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Only for the sake of mega corruption & targeted operation against those who refuse to work or help the patwaris. In order for all the institutes to work freely it is very important that they are free from the shackles of spineless, corrupt & incompetent politicians but in our case this is not possible, except for the time in Gen. Musharraf rule.
 

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well not a surprise.. the not so sharif brothers dont feel comfortable at the thought of something not under their control!!
 

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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely! Mian is going on the road to stupidity yet another time.
 

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All pre planned so that he get saved from the cases. he has his own cases in NAB. It will become Nawaz Accountability Bureau. :victory:

But this will be opposed by the opposition. I do not think so Imran Khan will let it to be made. If he did, then he will also become the part of rotten dish that will spoil his all image. This is the third mistake he is making in these 25 days. First Musharraf, Swiss case and now NAB. He is decreasing his turn time less and less.
 

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I have a question has NAB ever tried anyone? the EPHIDIERNE CASE, THE RENTAL POWER CASE and so many more cases have come & gone! nothing happened people looted billions and went and NAB watched.
 

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