Mega graft cases to be wrapped up this year, NAB assures SC

The revised report now lists the dates on which complaints about the mega scams were first received as well as the expected dates by which the investigations into the scams are to be completed.



By Afzal Khan

Published: Wed 15 Jul 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 15 Jul 2015, 10:27 AM

Islamabad - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Has submitted a revised report in the Supreme Court on 150 mega scams that lists names of top current and former government officials.
First submitted in the apex court on July 7, the report includes cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari, three former premiers Yousaf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and top politicians and bureaucrats of the country.
The revised report now lists the dates on which complaints about the mega scams were first received as well as the expected dates by which the investigations into the scams are to be completed.
NAB Prosecutor General Waqas Kabir Dar told the court that investigations would be completed into high-profile cases during the current year. The 15-year old investigation against the Sharif brothers on charges of misusing their authority in construction of a road from Raiwind to the Sharifs' family home, thus misappropriating an amount of Rs126 million is expected to be completed by September 30.
The probe was launched on April 17, 2000.
In another matter regarding an illegal appointment in the Federal Investigation Agency, a NAB investigation is under way against the premier since December 18, 1999 after Maj-Gen. (retd) M.H. Ansari filed a complaint on March 22, 1999. The probe is expected to be completed by September 30 as well.
The inquiry against the management of the Defence Housing Authority Islamabad and others over embezzlement of land worth billions of rupees will be completed by October 15. The inquiry was initiated on June 13, 2011 on Lt-Col. (retd) Tariq Kamal's complaint.
While the NAB report states that a case is under way against former president Zardari for possessing assets worth Rs22 billion beyond known sources of income, it fails to mention if an inquiry or an investigation was conducted in this matter. It is believed that a case against him is under trial.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and former Punjab CM Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi have been under investigation since April 12, 2000 for misusing their authority to amass assets worth Rs2.428 billion, which are beyond their means. The probe will be completed by July 15.
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