Imran accuses NAB chief of going easy on Nawaz



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will approach the superior courts if the National Accountability Bureau chief Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari persists in his refusal to reopen graft cases involving politicians before the general elections.
Bokhari had said on Saturday that no such cases could be reopened, since elections were around the corner.
The NAB chief does not have any right to stop proceedings in any (political) case, said PTI Chairman Imran Khan in a statement on Sunday, adding that his party reserves the right to go to the courts regarding the issue.
A top accountability institution should initiate an impartial inquiry into all such political casesit should not be held back by the possibility of general elections approaching or any other political concern, emphasised PTI Secretary Information Shafqat Mehmood while talking to The Express Tribune.
Various options are open for us including the alternative to resort to the courts. We will take up this case if NAB relents, he added.
According to a statement issued by the PTI chairman, NAB chief has made everything clear by asserting that he had been asked specifically by President Asif Ali Zardari not to open cases involving the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership.
The government had earlier filed a reference against the Sharif brothers in a money laundering case, directing NAB authorities to formally initiate an inquiry into how around $32 million had been siphoned off in PML-Ns second government during 1997-99.
The reference had been filed in NAB as well as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the then interior minister Rehman Malik.
However, PAC had rejected the reference, on the basis that it did not fall under its ambit.
In his statement, Imran further stated that the people of Pakistan want a powerful accountability bureau, which can initiate political cases against any powerful politician.
It seems as if the NAB chief has promised to take it easy on Nawaz Sharif, while it is the nations wealth that has been plundered, said Imran.
The top accountability forums duty is to aggressively pursue all such cases, he maintained.
The argument that since elections are near, no further cases can be opened against politicians appears to be very strange, the statement pointed out.
Rather, a thorough inquiry into all the graft cases becomes all the more necessary in an election year, it maintained.
On the other hand, PML-N leaders have maintained it throughout that the party is willing to face any case involving alleged corruption by its leaders, and that the NAB should go ahead with its probe.
We have already rejected the allegations, terming these a pack of lies, said PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan, while talking to The Express Tribune a few days ago.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 2[SUP]nd[/SUP], 2012


Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
saab gool maal hai.. Raja ko punjab mein full protocol diya aur as a result NAB nay cases band karnay start kar diyay..

This is jamhoriat of political mafias.

Zulfi Khan

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
This NAB director was the servant of Malik Riaz Hussain before his appointment as NAB head. Malik
Riaz Hussain has been exposed by Syed Talat Hussain very accurately that he is the man of PPP,PML(N)
and PML(Q).So NAB will do nothing against any one belonging to PPP,PML(N) and PML(Q).


Minister (2k+ posts)
If there has to be TRUE accountability, NAB has to be turned into an impartial institution, out of the control of the executive. Otherwise we will keep seeing this charade of accountability only to suit politicians' objectives.
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