Oct 112017

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered on Wednesday the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to complete the inquiry against Karachi’s former nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal and other accused into alleged illegal allotment of 5,000 square yards of land in Clifton. Headed by SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, a two-judge bench also directed the NAB investigation officer (IO) to submit the inquiry report by November 14. The national anti-graft watchdog informed the court that the 5,000 square yard land had been leased to hawkers and shopkeepers in 1980. However, in 2005, the entire land was illegally leased to the DJ Builders. NAB had initiated investigations into the alleged illegal allotment of the land on plot 12/7, which was known as sea-shell stalls. The land’s value was estimated to be Rs10 billion, which is situated near Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine – between Bagh Ibne Qasim and Seaview – in Block 3 of Clifton. PSP demands new education policy at federal, provincial levels The court was also informed that Kamal, who was the city nazim at that time, had given approval for constructing a multi-storey building on the subject land in an illegal manner. Kamal, at that time, was a leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. However, later, he launched his own party, the Pak Sarzameen Party, after parting ways with his former party’s head Altaf Hussain. The SHC CJ asked the IO whether the former city nazim was interrogated in this case, to which the IO replied that Kamal had been [Read More…]

Sep 242017

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday appeared before an accountability court to record his statement in connection with “investigations against him for the accumulation of assets and funds beyond known sources of income”. The court, while supplying copies of the reference and other material consisting of 23 volumes to Dar, set September 27 as the date to indict the finance minister. Finance czar: Double whammy for Ishaq Dar In compliance with the earlier issued bailable arrest warrants, Dar’s counsel submitted bonds worth Rs1 million. Further, the court ordered the federal minister to submit Rs5 million to ensure his presence in the trial. Last week, the accountability court issued bailable arrest warrants against Dar. During the hearing, Dar’s staff officer Fazal Dad informed the court that summons had been received and the finance minister was aware of the case, however, he was in London on a private visit. “His seat was confirmed and he had to return but he couldn’t,” the official said.   The post Ishaq Dar to be indicted on Sept 27 appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 212017
NAB arrests PO

LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Thursday arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) for his involvement in embezzlement of millions of rupees. According to a NAB spokesman, the PO was… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 292017

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing year has been one of relief for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) as far as the superior courts are concerned. The PPP leaders had faced a tough time at the hands of the judiciary during the era of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, which also coincided wither their term in the Centre, be it from old corruption cases being revived against the senior leadership or brand new scams. Interestingly, when Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was initially deposed from his post by General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the PPP played a pivotal role in his restoration. Senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan had led the lawyers’ movement and appeared as the CJP’s counsel in the apex court. Top court allows Dr Asim to go abroad for treatment At the beginning of lawyers’ movement, PPP lawyers Sardar Latif Khosa, Zamurd Khan, Aitzaz Ahsan and Haroonur Rasheed were brutally beaten by the police, which intensified the movement. Likewise, several PPP workers were among the 48 people killed in violence in Karachi on May 12, 2007. The first rift between the PPP and superior courts occurred when the apex court suspended the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on October 12, 2007. Later, the confrontation between the PPP and the superior courts intensified after the court’s December 16, 2009 order declaring the NRO null and void and directing the government to send a letter to the Swiss government to reopen cases against then-president Asif Ali Zardari. I’ve been acquitted after a long legal battle, not because [Read More…]

Aug 262017

KARACHI: As the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) inches closer to filing references against the Sharif family, the deposed premier, his children, son-in-law, and a close aide have decided to seek ‘protective bails’ to evade possible arrest, sources in the ruling PML-N have told Daily Express. A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets on July 28 and directed the country’s top anti-corruption watchdog to file references against him, his two sons, daughter, son-in-law, and the finance minister. Panamagate saga ends: Prime Minister sent packing On Friday, NAB received details of some 26 accounts operated by the Sharif family. And a senior official said the bureau has completed the record collection process from state departments, including the SBP, SECP, and FIA. However, sources told Daily Express that Sharif, his sons Hussain and Hassan, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar have decided after consulting their legal aides to approach the top court for protective bails. Sharif, his children and Dar have already filed review petitions against the July 28 verdict of the apex court in the Panamagate case. The Sharif family’s legal is said to have also briefed the deposed premier on these petitions. Sources said that after his discussions with PML-N leaders and his legal wizards, Sharif decided that he and his family would face NAB references against them in accordance with the law.   The post NAB references: Sharif family decides to seek protective bails appeared first on The Express [Read More…]

Aug 172017
Game of power

This refers to the news report, ‘SHC directs NAB to pursue mega corruption cases’ (August 17). Will the Sindh Assembly now pass a law preventing the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court from hearing corruption cases against its members? After all, they want unfettered freedom to gobble up the taxes paid by the people of the province. Shakir Lakhani (Karachi) Click for detailed story

Aug 162017
UK?s NCA to provide training to NAB?s investigation officers

Islamabad: The National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom will provide training to investigation officers of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to enhance their investigation techniques on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 162017

The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered on Wednesday that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would continue operating in the province and also sought a list of parliamentarians facing corruption charges. In July, the Sindh Assembly had the controversial Sindh Accountability Act 2017 with a majority vote. On August 13, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had warned that the provincial government would take action against NAB if it interfered in the affairs of its departments after the province’s own anti-graft law. PTI challenges repealing of NAB ordinance However, the SHC has allowed NAB to resume its work after a few lawmakers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  filed a petition in the court. Hearing the petition, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh ordered the a list of lawmakers facing NAB inquiries be presented to the court. The advocate general argued that federal laws were no longer applicable in Sindh. In response, the chief justice remarked would be right if the higher judiciary stopped special courts including anti-narcotics court from operating. NAB prosecutor Waqas Dar told the court that the provincial government’s new law was affecting the operations of the graft watchdog. After anti-corruption law, we have to eliminate corruption: CM The advocate general told the court that a similar case was also pending in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The chief justice inquired as to whether the matter would settled by the Council of Common Interests. the advocate general replied that a dispute between provinces was settled by [Read More…]

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