Oct 312017
 

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader and Opposition Leader in Senate Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said failure to put deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name on Exit Control List (ECL) showed prevalent dual-standards in the country. Speaking to journalists in Lahore on Tuesday, he said National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal is a hardworking and law-knowing person. “His [NAB chief] biggest test is impartial accountability. He should prove himself through provision of indiscriminate justice,” he remarked. Citing recent arrest of former Sindh minister Sharjeel Inam Memon by NAB officials, Aitzaz said besides merit, manner and treatment must also be considered in court cases. Nawaz fears coming back after seeing how Sharjeel was treated: Aitzaz Accusing the anti-graft watchdog of double standards in dealing with Sindh and Punjab cases, the senator said PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain was given in Rangers’ custody and on the other hand, Sharif’s name was not even put on ECL. “This is double standards,” he added. Aitzaz demanded that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief’s name should be put on ECL on his return home from London. The ousted premier, who held a key party meeting in London on Monday, has announced to return home before the next hearing at the accountability court on November 3. Arrest warrants have been issued against Sharif for not turning up at the court proceedings following his indictment in three different corruption references. No PML without ‘N’, say leaders Sharif was earlier expected to return to Pakistan on October 23 to attend court proceedings, [Read More…]

Oct 182017
 
Crossing its limits

I totally agree with the stance of the chief minister of Punjab that NAB’s authority is required to be reformed because this organisation is trying to cross its limits. Harassing, intimidating, producing false evidence and witnesses, and defaming officials have become the insignia of this fake and dishonest organisation. People working in the department especially investigation officers are not properly trained and are poorly qualified. At present there is an evident conflict between the government and the opposition. The family of the former prime minister is under crisis and there is no doubt that he is facing it with a big heart. Taking advantage of the current scenario, NAB is showing its power and is adamant in defaming many good names. Our chief minister is well aware of NAB’s false credibility and only he can stop its venomous acts against innocent government officials. Dr Zainab (Lahore) Click for detailed story

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…]

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