AUG 28, 2018: The country’s premier investigation agency against corruption, misuse of authority and living beyond known means is currently holding inquiries and investigations against hundreds of people including 70 politicians, 121 businessmen and 210 government officers of grade-20 and above, the Senate was told on Tuesday.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is conducting the probe which comprises three phases: Inquiry, investigation, followed by filing of references against any individual or individuals against whom it has substantial evidences to withstand due process of law.
The initial phase of probe is called inquiry, then investigations (the second phase) followed by reference (the final legal phase).
According to details shared by the Minister of Law Farogh Naseem in response to a Senator’s query, NAB since 2008 has decided about 4,871 cases including about 3,046 inquiries, 581 investigations and 1,244 references.
The written reply said 856 inquiries are under way against different people and organizations. Forty three (43) are initiated against politicians, 67 against businessmen, 136 against top civil servants of grade20-22 and 610 against other citizens.
The minister said investigations are under way against 314 people including 27 politicians, 54 businessmen, 74 top civil servants. He, however, did not share names of the people against whom the inquiries and investigations are under way or completed.
The NAB was recently castigated by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar for releasing names of suspects against whom the bureau started initial probe (inquiry).
NAB Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal has vowed to recover every penny looted from the country as “Pakistan has to a pay loans of $84 billion”. This was stated by Justice Iqbal as he chaired a meeting at NAB Lahore in March.