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Shrouding mystery: Why is international world interested in volume 10?

1397/2/28 | 12:15
  An international firm has approached the Supreme Court to seek a copy of Volume 10 of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the Panama Papers case for a final decision on the quantum of damages Pakistan may face over an international dispute with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, who took up the application filed by senior lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa on behalf of M/s Broadsheet LLC in his chambers on Thursday, asked the lawyer to submit additional documents, including the interim award granted by sole ...

Would NAB's blunder give a new life line to Nawaz Sharif

1397/2/20 | 12:15
  If National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) Tuesday’s press release was a blunder, the Bureau’s clarification issued on the subject on Wednesday is nothing less than a howler. It’s unbelievable to know through the NAB’s latest clarification that the media report, on the basis of which the NAB chairman Tuesday initiated action against Nawaz Sharif for alleged money laundering of $4.9 billion to India, was published on February 1, 2018. It means it took the NAB and its chairman almost 100 days to ponder over the said media report ...

Did Nawaz transfer billion of dollars to India?

1397/2/19 | 12:15
  Taking notice of a misleading newspaper article based on a ‘flawed’ report of the World Bank, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started verification whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in sending $4.9 billion to India. According to NAB, World Bank’s migration and remittance book released in September 2016 carried information that foreign exchange reserves of India increased by $4.9 billion after receiving the huge amount sent through money laundering, inflicting losses to Pakistan’s national kitty. While ...

Shame for Musharraf: ‘4,000 Pakistanis handed over to foreigners for dollars’

1397/1/28 | 12:15
  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman and National Commission for Enforced Disappearances President Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Monday said that during former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s tenure, over 4,000 Pakistanis were handed over to foreigners for dollars, local media reported. Briefing the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Human Rights over the issue of missing persons in the country, Javed Iqbal said that 70 percent of the missing individuals were involved in ‘militancy’ and that the recovered ...

Modarba scandal: A multi-billion scam in the veil of Islamic mode of investment

1397/1/12 | 12:15
  The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested a total of 19 people in a case related to corruption, corrupt practices and cheating the public in the name of an Islamic mode of investment, called Modarba. The main accused in the case, Mufti Ehsanul Haq of Fiazzi Group of industries, is already in custody. The NAB Rawalpindi is currently investigating this multibillion rupees scam, in which a reference has already been pending before an accountability court since February 10, 2014. NAB has so far received 9,584 complaints from ...

Arrest of Ahad Cheema: Is a revolt in Pakistan's bureaucracy in the offing

1396/12/8 | 12:15
  Cheema is the product of one of Pakistan’s most meritorious exam; CSS. A free-for-all battle of nerves where the scions of wealthy families are pitted against hardworking sons and daughters of middle and lower-middle class. The candidates from rural background with their more stamina to sit-and-study for long hours compete against those from urban centres having advantage of better schooling, sharpened analytical skills and more facilities. Ahad Khan Cheema, the former DCO Lahore, Director General Lahore Development Authority and ...

Ahad Cheema’s arrest: NAB terms Punjab Govt allegations baseless

1396/12/6 | 12:15
LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has termed the allegations baseless, which were charged by the Punjab Government after the arrest of former Director-General Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema. This has been said in a statement issued by the NAB Lahore that the government is facing a liquidation loss of about Rs 455 million as the estimate of the construction of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme has increased manyfold due to delay in the project. The spokesperson further stated that 20 canals of land in the housing scheme ...

Arrest of Ahad Cheema: The end game of Shahbaz Sharif

1396/12/6 | 12:15
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has accused the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of bypassing the procedure to arrest ‘an honest officer’ Ahad Khan Cheema, who was taken into custody on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the Ashiyana Housing Society scam.   NAB accused Cheema, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) former director general, of misuse of authority in awarding Rs14 billion Ashiyana-e-lqbal project to Lahore CASA Developers, a joint venture which was ineligible for the contract.   Ahad Cheema, a grade ...

An uphill task: Is the accountability of Pervez Musharraf possible?

1396/11/23 | 12:15
  Addressing that long-standing anomaly, the Islamabad High Court has cleared the way for the National Accountability Bureau to probe allegations of corruption against former president, retired Gen Pervez Musharraf.     Until now, NAB has interpreted its own powers restrictively and denied it had the authority to investigate retired members of the armed forces.     The landmark decision by the high court does not imply that the underlying complaint of corruption against Mr Musharraf is necessarily true.   Perhaps ...

Declared absconder : Is Ishaq Dar in a real fix?

1396/9/1 | 12:15
  The accountability court reserved verdict on Ishaq Dar’s application requesting the court to allow him to be represented by a pleader in his absence, as the finance minister yet again failed to appear before the court. His counsel Qausain Faisal Mufti while submitting a fresh medical report said the doctor would examine him on Nov 27 and has specifically barred him travelling. In his arguments, Mufti said that there are no conflicting statements in the report and NAB has yet to verify the previous two medical reports as earlier directed ...

Will new chairman review NAB’s in-house legal view on Musharraf?

1396/8/24 | 12:15
  NAB’s controversial in-house legal view so far has been that it could not proceed against General ® Musharraf in any case of his alleged wrongdoing done in his capacity either as army chief or president of Pakistan.   A well informed official source in the Bureau confided to The News that in the past no action could be initiated on complaints against Musharraf because of the reason that the NAB legal wing had viewed that the NAB law could not be extended to Musharraf for legal and constitutional bars.   Unless the NAB ...

Tightening noose around Sharifs: The awakening of NAB in Pakistan

1396/8/22 | 12:15
    With the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references slowly engulfing the entire Sharif family into their fold, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif held a considerably long meeting on Friday to discuss the current situation with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.     The meeting taking place at Jati Umrah discussed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) political strategy as well as the alliances that they would form in the future.     NAB references were discussed at length during the meeting, ...

Changing strategy: Has Nawaz Sharif chosen a sane path?

1396/8/14 | 12:15
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that he’s returning to Pakistan to appear before the NAB courts at a time when his wife Kulsoom Nawaz needs him by her side the most.     He declared that he was ready to face any court and didn’t shy away from facing the Whatsapp JIT and the Supreme Court bench that, shockingly, made references to ‘Sicilian Mafia’ and ‘Godfather’.     By creating an us v them paradigm, Nawaz loses all hopes of winning judiciary, which he would have had, as evidenced by a positive ...

Nawaz Sharif trial: What is the way out for Ex-Prime Minister?

1396/7/29 | 12:15
  An accountability court on Friday indicted ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a reference related to Flagship Investments and other offshore companies.   The court charged Sharif in absentia for holding assets beyond his known sources of income, and read out a charge-sheet to his pleader.       Khan pleaded not guilty on behalf of Sharif, who is currently in London tending to his ailing wife. According to the charge-sheet, Sharif told the joint investigation team that he was a shareholder in 15 companies, ...

Sharif’s trial: The ticking clock for PML-N

1396/7/20 | 12:15
  An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday accepting a plea to declare the sons of former prime minister proclaimed offenders issued perpetual arrest warrants for Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.   The court also separated their trial from other members of the Sharif family.NAB officials had submitted a plea to declare Hassan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders as they did not appear before the court, despite issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants.      The court has declared Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain ...

Shafaqna Exclusive: What Nawaz Sharif conveyed to Asif Zardari thorough Business Tycoon?

1396/7/11 | 12:15
  Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said the most suitable person for the Chairmanship of National Accountability Bureau would be nominated by the opposition.     While speaking to media today Khursheed Shah said, “Pakistan Peoples Party has authorized him for nominating NAB Chairman.”     He assured that the name proposed by the opposition would be before every one. They were looking into their service record of thirty to forty years.   While before this announcement ...

Attempting to bell the cat: Can Political forces hold Judges and General accountable?

1396/7/9 | 12:15
  The government on Friday indicated that the parliamentary committee on new NAB law should consider and discuss PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar’s proposal to bring the judges and military officials under the ambit of the new accountability (Ehtesab) law.     Though there was a consensus among the political parties to bring the new NAB law, two main issues including definition of public office holder and corrupt practices, bringing the judges and military officials in the ambit of the new Ehtesab law and implementation of ...

In hot waters: Is Nawaz Sharif going to make Ishaq Dar a scapegoat?

1396/7/6 | 12:15
  Finance Minister Ishaq Dar pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to owning assets beyond his means, an official from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said, amid a corruption investigation into former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.     The Supreme Court in July disqualified Nawaz for not declaring a small source of income and ordered an investigation of the ruling family and Dar. Dar did not speak to the media after his appearance in court in Islamabad but has dismissed all the allegations against him.     Issuing ...

Defying Courts: What is next for Nawaz Sharif?

1396/6/30 | 12:15
  Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband retired Captain Muhammad Safdar left for London on Monday, a day before they were scheduled to appear before Islamabad’s accountability court in connection with corruption references, and according to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, the family is likely to skip all the proceedings.     Mr Sharif and his sons — Hassan and Hussain — had been summoned, along with Maryam and her husband, in the accountability court on Tuesday.     A ...

Is Establishment pulling NAB’s strings?

1396/6/27 | 12:15
  The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) appears perturbed over the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) decision to file an appeal in the Supreme Court to reopen the Hudaibya Paper Mills case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother and wants the Supreme Court to find out “who had pressurised the anti-graft body to do so”.     Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal made thinly veiled references to the establishment as he spoke about the ruling party’s unease ...

Who is pressurising NAB to file appeal in Hudaibiya case?

1396/6/24 | 12:15
The National Accountability Bureau is under tremendous pressure to file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the Sharifs in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.     A credible source confided to this correspondent that early this week a meeting was held in an office in Islamabad where a few senior officials of NAB were invited. They were reprimanded as to why NAB has not yet prepared the appeal in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharifs in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Venue and other details of the meeting including ...

Volume X carries new evidence against Sharifs

1396/6/20 | 12:15
  The government received more than a dozen documentary files from six countries, which were clubbed by the National Accountability (NAB) with its four interim references filed against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday.   “Around 17 communications have been received from six countries -- these are actionable evidence (against the Sharifs)," a senior official of NAB confided to this correspondent. The Central Authority of Switzerland responded to two requests providing all details the Joint Investigation ...

References against Nawaz: The backdoor deal amid fake accountability

1396/6/19 | 12:15
  Four references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family have been placed before a judge who had acquitted former President Asif Ali Zardari in five corruption references.   The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday filed the references against Mr Sharif, his sons Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.     Registrar Accountability Court Ahmed Mushtaq Qureshi produced the references before the accountability judge, ...

Why NAB chief did not order to freeze properties of Nawaz, children

1396/6/16 | 12:15
The order of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman freezing the assets of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his three children and Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar was to remain in force only for a maximum of 15 days if he had passed it.     If such order was to further remain operative, it had to be endorsed by the concerned accountability court. But this decision was appealable before the high court. Apparently, it was because of the short life that a freezing order of the NAB chairman was going to have, ...

Defying NAB: Can Supreme Court order to arrest Nawaz Sharif and family?

1396/5/31 | 12:15
  Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons have decided not to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till his petition seeking a review of the Supreme Court’s verdict that disqualified him from office is decided.     The former premier and his sons — Hussain and Hasan Nawaz — did not visit the NAB’s Lahore office on Friday where a team from the bureau’s Rawal­pindi office waited for them until 3pm so that they could join investigations into the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.     If ...

References against PM and Family: Would Nawaz Sharif be sent behind bars?

1396/5/12 | 12:15
  The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday decided to file references against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his three children, son-in-law and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.     The references would be filed under orders from the Supreme Court as part of the verdict which disqualified Nawaz from the office of prime minister.   NAB chief was earlier upbraided by the SC for showing laxity by not filing an appeal against the Lahore High Court ruling dismissing it, and which poses a grave threat to the ...

Panama Case verdict: Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif

1396/5/6 | 12:15
A five-judge Supreme Court bench has declared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ineligible to rule in the much-awaited verdict in the Panamagate case. According to ARY Islamabad Bureau Chief Sabir Chief, the apex court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in its historic judgement. The court also ordered  that all cases of the Sharif family including PM Nawaz Sharif be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, announced the judgement. Justice Khosa is the same judge who had given ...

At the critical juncture: How Panama case verdict would change the fate of Pakistan?

1396/5/6 | 12:15
  The Supreme Court will announce its decision on the Panamagate case around 11:30am today according to local media reports.   Will the bench pass a disqualification order or ask the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to prepare a reference in line with its guidelines for trial at an accountability court? These are the questions and the main subject of the much-heated debate in the media, legal, and political circles at present.   In light of the court’s proceedings, differing statements of respondents, documents in the JIT report, ...

Hanging fate: What is better choice for PM, NAB or Court’s verdict?

1396/4/29 | 12:15
  The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel point-blank whether the judges should form their own opinion over the concealment of facts by his client or refer the matter to an accountability court.     Legal experts believe that by making up their own mind, the top court could be moving towards the possibility of disqualifying the prime minister by invoking Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.     In its April 20 judgement, a five-judge Supreme Court bench had held that ...

A wind of change: Pakistan towards a corruption free state

1396/4/26 | 12:15
  The joint investigation team (JIT) looking into the Panama Papers case has recommended reopening five cases decided by the Lahore High Court (LHC), eight investigations and two inquiries against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.     Of these 15 cases, three were registered during the 1994 and 2011 tenures of the PPP and 12 were prepared during the Musharraf regime, soon after Gen Musharraf toppled the Sharif government in the October 1999 military coup.     The case regarding the Sharif family’s four London apartments ...

From JIT to NAB: A question mark on PML-N's political career

1396/4/21 | 12:15
  The JIT has submitted its report and the court will hold its next hearing on Monday.      The JIT appears to have recommended that the matter be turned over to the National Accountability Bureau for further proceedings. But the JIT has no legal power to enforce its own recommendations; it is the Supreme Court that will have to make a decision whether to turn the matter over to NAB or indeed whether Mr Sharif can be immediately disqualified.   The JIT is sufficiently concerned about the evident disparities regarding ...

DAWN | Sharif family's lifestyle doesn't match their income, observes JIT

1396/4/19 | 12:15
  Noting that the Sharif family’s lifestyle does not match their income, the joint investigation team (JIT) probing their offshore assets has recommended filing of reference against PM Nawaz Sharif and his sons with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Members of the high-powered JIT submitted on Monday its fourth and final, 254-page report to the apex court. “Failure on the part of all Respondents to produce the requisite information confirming “known sources of income’ is prima facie tantamount to not being ablento justify ...

Military to play 'due role' in SC JIT probing Sharif family

1396/2/4 | 12:15
The Army's senior command resolved at a Corps Commanders' Conference at General Headquarters on Monday that the military would play its 'due role' as part of the Supreme Court-ordered Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which will probe Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family's business dealings abroad. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said the forum had discussed the apex court's Panamagate verdict with special reference to the JIT. "The forum pledged that the institution, through its members in the JIT, shall play its due ...

Panama case: Who will be part of JIT and when will it begin its investigation?

1396/2/1 | 12:15
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a Joint Investigation Team to conduct a probe into funds used by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's children to buy properties in London through offshore businesses. Citing the 'indifference' and 'unwillingness' of the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau in its verdict on the Panama leaks case, a five-member Supreme Court bench said there were still questions "which go to the heart of the matter and need to be answered". "A thorough investigation in this behalf is required," said Justice Asif Saeed ...

Become a billionaire: Pakistan gives a free hand to loot the money

1395/10/4 | 12:15
  Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani, the then finance secretary of Balochistan, hit the headlines in May this year when NAB seized over Rs730 million hard cash from his house in Quetta hours after he was taken into custody.     Mushtaq Raisani has been given clean chit NAB after he offered to return Rs2 billion to the national exchequer.   When a senior NAB official was quizzed as to how much amount did Mr Raisani embezzle, he did not answer the question. Instead, he claimed that Raisani will not be able to obtain a loan from any ...

Avoiding Panama bomb: Why NAB is reluctant to probe into Panama leaks?

1395/8/15 | 12:15
It is beyond the scope of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe Panama Papers leaks which involved members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family, Prosecutor General Waqas Qadeer Dar told a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The bench had taken up multiple petitions seeking the prime minister’s disqualification for allegedly holding assets in offshore companies. In its reply to the Supreme Court, NAB stated that action under the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, without prime facie evidence about the commission ...

SARRC and corruption: A toothless anti-corruption forum

1395/7/10 | 12:15
 The representatives of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have agreed to establish SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum to interact to interact on regular basis for deliberating anti-corruption issues and other areas of mutual cooperation for the purpose. The proposal for setting up an anti-graft forum was floated by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry at a two-day SAARC Nations Seminar on Anti-Corruption that concluded on Tuesday. At the conclusion of the seminar, the NAB chairman read out a joint ...

NAB to take action on Panama leaks after collecting evidences: Chairman

1395/6/31 | 12:15
ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Tuesday said that the Bureau would take action against those, who have been alleged to possess offshore companies only after it received evidence from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) or other investigating agencies.Briefing Public Accounts Committee the Chairman NAB said presently the NAB was not pursuing the Panama Leakes issue as these were only leaks and there was no prima facie evidence in this regard.At the outset, Secretary Law and Justice Karamat Hussain Niazi said the ...

Serving notice to PM: Toothless NAB and PML-N political maneuvering

1395/6/16 | 12:15
 Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) swung into action over Panama Leaks as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan severely criticized the board’s chairman over his ‘inaction’ after mega scandal surfaced. The FBR has dispatched notices to 350 people including Maryam Nawaz Sharif, daughter of the prime minister, directing them to submit their asset details. Panama Leaks had disclosed that sons and daughter of the prime minister were holding off shore holdings. The move comes some moments after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman ...

Shafaqna Insight: How NAB is protecting the corruption juggernauts  

1395/6/15 | 12:15
 The Supreme Court (SC)  in a recent observation said that frequent exercise of voluntary return power by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was not only a loss of the nation but it also multiplies corruption. The court observed that provision of Section 25-A of the NAB Ordinance empowered acceptance of voluntary return from the accused wherein once the accused enters the VR ( Voluntary return) and deposits the amount, he is allowed to continue his job without any departmental proceedings. Justice Hani observed that a civil servant, ...

Amending the NAB: Pakistan’s political junta serious to eradicate corruption

1395/5/17 | 12:15
The treasury and opposition benches have agreed for the constitution of a parliamentary committee comprising members from both the National Assembly and Senate for bringing amendments on National Accountability Ordinance, 1999. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said across the board accountability is part of the manifesto of PML-N and we want to make NAB an independent commission to take decisions on the basis of merit.Other members representing different parties emphasized that the parliamentary committee should be constituted ...

Chasing the corrupt: Toothless NAB and Mega-corruption scandals

1395/5/10 | 12:15
Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid on Wednesday said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had submitted details of 179 mega cases in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP). These cases submitted on April 9, 2015 are under heads of the offences, including financial scam, land scam and a use of official position, the minister said in a written reply to a question in this regard in the Senate. He said the NAB chairman accorded his highest priority to finalise these mega cases as well as other pending cases in a professional manner ...

A long way to travel: Can NAB really eradicated corruption?

1395/4/2 | 12:15
 National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that the NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the country by adopting zero tolerance policy against corruption. He said the NAB is mandated to carry out awareness and prevention functions against corruption in pursuance of section 33C of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO). He said that under NAB’s awareness and prevention proactive media campaign across the country, the authority has been engaging different governmental, non-governmental organisations, ...

Rooting out corruption:  Can NAB alone shoulder the responsibility curbing corruption?

1395/3/19 | 12:15
 Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has lauded the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) role in fighting corruption and recovering large sums of looted cash. Speaking at a cheque distribution ceremony, recently held at Governor House Karachi, Ishratul Ebad extended full cooperation to efforts to rid all departments and organisations of the Sindh government of corruption.He said corruption not only affects the national exchequer but also deprives the masses of due benefits of development projects.The Director General NAB, Karachi, Col ...

Nabbed by NAB: Has NAB kicked off across the board accountability?

1395/2/20 | 12:15
 The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday recovered more than Rs730 million from the residence of Balochistan Finance Secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani, who was arrested earlier in the day. Raisani has been accused of embezzling billions of rupees from local government development funds, a senior NAB official, who did not want to be named, told DawnNews. NAB recovered bags filled with local and foreign currency from Raisani’s residence. Sources told DawnNews that according to initial count around Rs730 million worth of currency and ...

Rabbani's call : Can Pakistan create an impartial accountability body?

1395/2/10 | 12:15
 Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani on Tuesday stated that when it comes to the process of accountability, no one is a sacred cow  as everyone should be accounted under the same institution.  While conversing with the media in Lahore, Rabbani said that the role of democracy and democratic institutions has to be there when it comes to catering the current situation the federal government has placed its self in after the onset of the Panama Leaks. He said that the system will improve if it remains functional. Raza Rabbani also complained to the ...

Abuse of power: Pakistan’s elitism and working class

1395/1/23 | 12:15
 A salon owner in Karachi has claimed that her staff was beaten up by policemen in civvies sent by a NAB official’s wife after she lost her jewelry at the premises. “This woman got my guard beaten up, trespassed (no warrant) and scared my girls,” Haya Ali, owner of Envy Salon, said in a Facebook post.“Those four men were government officers who came in a police mobile after Hina’s husband, Assistant Deputy Director NAB ordered them too,” she added.  Four fully armed private guards – dressed like police officials it must be ...

Massive stories of corruption: An eroded social and political culture of Pakistan

1395/1/21 | 12:15
 The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has authorised an inquiry against officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), as well as others for allegedly allotting 17.3 acres of land worth Rs2 billion in the northern strip of the city, fraudulently. Inquiry was sanctioned in an executive board meeting of the NAB, here on Wednesday, a press release said. The allocation of land was made in sectors, F-11, E-12, and the Blue Area, allegedly in violation of rules. Meanwhile, the board also authorised conducting multiple other investigations, ...

At odds: Is Govt afraid of Nab’s defiance?

1395/1/8 | 12:15
 The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was heavily criticized in the National Assembly (NA) by the opposition benches during a recent session. The discussion on the accountability watchdog gained hype during the comments made by Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Imran Zafar Leghari.  The PPP MNA accused NAB of interfering in provincial matters beyond its jurisdiction. He further added that NAB is operating illegally as the 18th Amendment limits the activities of NAB in provinces. He also questioned the misuse of authority depicted by ...

Another mega-scandal: Can sacking an IG bring improvement in Sindh Police?

1394/12/25 | 12:15
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe the alleged corruption in Sindh Police and sought a report in this regard within four weeks. The apex court also asked whether or not it is appropriate that Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) continues to hold office. The apex court ordered proceedings against the Sindh IGP Ghulam Haider Jamali, former additional IGP Fida Hussain and other high ranking officers in cases pertaining to payment of cost of investigation to investigation officers of the police ...