ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday submitted before the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) a modified report on 150 mega corruption cases.
Earlier on July 7, NAB officials had submitted a list before the SC as per the court’s directives. The list includes cases against high profile figures, including incumbent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, former president, ex-premiers, ministers and top bureaucrats.
However, the court had expressed dissatisfaction over the report and had asked NAB to include two additional columns in the report for further details.
The revised list includes two more columns showing details of the dates of when the application against an individual was filed and when it was verified by the concerned officials.
Interestingly, the NAB record lacks the details of cases against some top figures, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari and former Pakistani envoy to the US Hussain Haqqani.
According to the NAB officials, dates for filing and its verification of complain against Sharif bothers are not available. The report said that direct investigation was initiated against the two brothers, after a source passed some information in this regard.
In the case against Nawaz Sharif pertaining to illegal recruitment in the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), Maj Gen M.H. Ansari is the complainant. The complaint was filed on March 22, 1999 and direct investigation was started in the case without an enquiry.
Similarly, a case was filed against former president Asif Ali Zardari against the report of a source but NAB has no details regarding to the dates of filing complaint, enquiry and investigation in the case.
In the same manner, investigation was launched against Hussain Haqqani and Ishaq Dar on the report of a source.
A three-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, was hearing a case filed by Manzoor Ahmed Ghauri against chairman NAB and other officials. The case, initiated earlier this year, pertains to scrutiny of the anti-corruption body.
The 45 pages report lists 50 cases each of monitory irregularities, misuse of powers and land scams. This development had also drawn criticism from several political segments which raised questions on the credibility of the entity.
The court has been adjourned and case would be heard on July 15.
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