ISLAMABAD (Dec 4, 2018) — One of the special prosecutors for National Accountability Bureau has resigned citing his wish to pursue legal career as an “independent professional lawyer”.
Imran Shafique, in addition to representing the bureau which challenged the removal of Zulfi Bukhari’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), was NAB’s special prosecutor in many high profile cases such as in the corruption reference against former finance minister Ishaq Dar, which subsequently led to Dar’s assets being confiscated.
Sources told Express News that Shafique traded barbs during a heated debate with Bukhari outside the IHC after adopting a strong stance over his dual nationality before the high court on Monday.
Earlier today, the Islamabad High Court reserved the verdict on a plea seeking removal of Zulfi Bukhari’s name from the ECL.
Shafiq submitted documents against Bukhari to the two-member IHC bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Kiyani during the proceeding.
In his resignation letter cited by Dawn, Shafique wrote: “I realize my national duty to combat corruption, and as a lead prosecutor in Ishaq Dar’s case I would be available to offer my assistance, even after leaving NAB.”
Prior to joining the accountability bureau, Shafique was serving as an associate to former justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui — the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge who was removed from his post by the president on the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).
He was inducted into the bureau as special prosecutor in May 2017 and has described his time serving NAB as a “great and profound learning experience”.