NAB decides to file another reference against Nawaz Sharif

By: News Desk      Published: 05:01 PM, 22 Oct, 2020
NAB decides to file another reference against Nawaz Sharif

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday decided to file another reference against PML-N supremo and former premier Nawaz Sharif in which he has been accused of causing a loss of around Rs2 billion to the national exchequer, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A meeting of NAB Executive Board chaired by Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal took this decision to nominate Nawaz in the matter of procuring 73 security vehicles, allegedly resulting in a loss of Rs1.952 billion.

Former Intelligence Bureau DG Aftab Sultan and senior bureaucrat Fawad Hassan Fawad have also been accused by the NAB in this alleged affair.

Moreover, the meeting decided that the Narowal Sports City reference would be filed against Ahsan Iqbal – a senior PML-N leader who was among the top cabinet members in the previous government.

On the other hand, an investigation was also approved against PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah and PTI leader Aleem Khan over corruption allegations.

The NAB Executive Board, which as a whole approved 11 references, also reviewed the cases against opposition leaders Shehbaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari and Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman.

Speaking on the occasion, Javed Iqbal said pushing the mega corruption references towards culmination was their top priority.

This decision came as the Supreme Court, which had ordered the immediate establishment of 120 accountability courts in the country a day earlier, in a written order about the yesterday’s proceedings on Thursday said that the hearings should be held on daily basis.

In this connection, the written order also directed the quarters concerned that the process of collecting and recording evidences must be expedited.

Moreover, it is mentioned that the accountability courts should announce verdicts swiftly and avoid delaying or postponing the hearing in the cases.

The apex court also directed that the NAB chairman to ensure implementation on these orders while the anti-graft body’s prosecutor general has been ordered to present the eyewitnesses on time.

As far as the Lakhra Power Plant case is concerned, the concerning accountability court has been ordered to announce its judgment within a week by recording the statements of the prosecution and defence witnesses till November 2.

Meanwhile, the accountability court registrar in Karachi will present the implementation report on these orders.

The two developments followed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent speech in which he said both the judiciary and the NAB must press ahead with the corruption cases, as he was of the view that the process was too slow and unproductive.

Addressing a gathering of Tiger Force at Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad, Imran also said that the PTI government was ready to extend the necessary logistical support for achieving the purpose.

The focus of his entire speech was Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, as he vowed to bring the PML-N supremo back to the country, saying he won’t be spared.

On the other hand, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, during a media talk at Jamia Islamia in Larkana, warned that the bails of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) would soon be cancelled and added that the NAB could not be tolerated in the current situation.

Earlier on Wednesday, PML-N Vice-president Maryam Nawaz, amid the speculations that the NAB is planning to get the bail cancelled granted to her last year, said such moves could not deter her.

“Pakistan, please bear witness and make note of it. This does NOT deter me,” she said while commenting on reports circulating on social media.