Dec 122017
Payment of Rs32.45b to IPPs: Senate panel asks Power Div to sort our issue or face NAB probe

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Finance Tuesday directed the Power Division to sort out the issue of Rs32.45 billion paid to the IPPs under idle/unutilized capacity with the Auditor… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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)

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…]