NAB be reformed under judiciary’s supervision: ARD
LAHORE: The Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) has demanded that the government reform the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) under the judiciary’s supervision.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday, Munir Ahmad Khan, the deputy information secretary of the ARD, said that the state was using NAB to victimise the leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
“A NAB led by a serving general is helping corrupt officials, supporting the regime and its policies,” said Khan. The ARD leader alleged that NAB withdrew cases against Abdul Wadood Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Arshad Zaman Chaurdhy, Babar Hassan Bharwana, Dr Ejaz Ali Agha, Faqir Anwaruddin, Ikramullah Chaudhry, Karim Bukhsh Baloch, Khawar Khurshid Butt, Khizar Iqbal Virk, Latif Raza, Mazhar Hayat, Mian Miraj Din, Muhammad Ali Shah, Muhammad Arshad, Mohammad Aslam Shah, Mohammad Mumtaz Malik, Mohammad Nasrullah Bhatti, Mukhtar Hussain, Muzafar Ali Chaudhry, Naseer Khusro Jaffery, Nasir Ali Khan, Saeed Akbar Khan Niwani, Safdar Abbas Zaidi, Samiullah Chaudhry, Shehryar Javeed, Tassadaq Hussain Malik, Zahoor Iqbal, Mian Manzoor Watto and Tikka Iqbal because they supported the government.
He said that scandals about various people and firms had made it to the national press but NAB had not initiated any action because of the big fish involved. He said that NAB should investigate the allegations of human trafficking against the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), irregularities in the Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad and Islamabad-Peshawar motorway contracts against Husnain Construction Compnay, the privatisation of Habib Bank and United Bank, Pak Saudi Fertiliser Limited, and the PIA for the sale of Rose Valet hotel and the purchase of Boeing 777s.
Khan alleged that National Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain, former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, former prime minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali, former president Farooq Leghari, former Punjab chief minister Mian Manzoor Wattoo, former Punjab minister Tikka Iqbal, Talat Ghumman, Farooq Adam, Ismat Mehdi, Ali Muhammad Maher, Sardar Yaar Muhammad Rind, Awais Leghari and a few military officers were involved in corruption but NAB had not charged them.
He added that NAB had released 744 people, including top political figures.