ISLAMABAD: Officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday submitted a report containing details of 150 mega corruption cases before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
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 list include cases against high profile figures, including incumbent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, former premiers, ministers and top bureaucrats.
The document also lists 50 cases each of monitory irregularities, misuse of powers and land scams.
The report shows that among the monitory irregularities, inquiries are being conducted in 22 cases, with investigations launched into 13 cases and references in 15 cases.
Similarly, in land scams, 29 cases are under inquiry, investigations are underway in 13 cases while references have been filed in eight cases.
Inquiries are underway in 20 cases of abuse of power, while investigations into 15 cases have kicked off and references have been filed in 15 cases.
The report reveals that an inquiry is being carrying out against the incumbent prime minister and his brother in a case, pertaining to construction of a road from Raiwind to Sharif family House worth Rs126 million.
According to the report, a scam worth Rs700m against Ghazi Akhtar of Tandiyanwala Sugar Mills is being inquired by NAB.
Inquiries are also underway against former chairman of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) Ayaz Khan Niazi over embezzlement charges worth Rs2 billion and another ex-chairman of NICL Abid Jawed over a potential scam worth Rs2 billion, besides some other figures.
Investigations have already been launched against Schon group for alleged embezzlement of Rs1,245 billion, Younus Habib for allegedly ill-intentioned default of three billion rupees, former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani for possessing Rs 100 million in an assets beyond resources case.
A similar enquiry is under process against ex-premier Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain in an assets beyond resources case, worth Rs 2,428 billion. A case of the same nature was also filed against the sitting treasury minister Ishaq Dar. He is under inquiry for three cases of 23 million pound, 3,488 million dollars and 1,250 million dollars.
Hussain Haqqani, former information secretary and ambassador to US, is accused of embezzling funds, but NAB has so far failed to calculate the amount in this regard. He was also accused of issuing licenses of FM stations to three private companies.
Former interior minister Aftab Sher Pao is also facing an inquiry for having assets beyond resources.
Ex-premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is also being probed for the rental power plants (RPP) case.
A case was also being heard against former president Asif ali Zardari for having assets beyond resources. Investigations are also in process against Mr. Zardari for corruption of US$22 billion and US$1.5 billion.
The court today expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by NAB, saying that the anti-graft body should add two columns that detail the dates of when the application against an individual was filed and when it was verified.
The report was submitted after the apex court after the bench expressed disappointment over what they said was an extreme form of maladministration in the bureau, earlier this year.
Staff officers to DG NAB Brigadier Nasir, Additional Attorney General NAB Tariq Tarrar and Prosecutor General NAB Waqas Qadeer submitted the document in court today.
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