Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar said on Friday (Jan 4) criticized the accountability process of National Accountability Bureau and asked NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal for accountability criteria.
A three-judge bench headed by the chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar during the hearing of a case of construction of a hospital in the federal capital, summoned National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and summoned him in his chambers. During his meeting with Javed Iqbal the top remarked that if everyone is a thief except for the probe body. “One plea comes in and they (NAB officials) start disparaging people.”“Is there a standard for the NAB’s investigation process or not?” said the CJP. “What if we start issuing warrants of the NAB people and see how it impacts their reputation” said CJP.
Earlier on Friday, during the hearing, the secretary health informed, “A 200 bed hospital was constructed in Tarlai.” At this, Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked “What happened about the hospital which was to be built by the Bahrain government and land was to be provided by the Capital Development Authority (CDA)?” When the secretary health responded that “nothing happened about it”, Justice Ahsan remarked, “CDA was directed to make a decision regarding the land within five days.” CDA counsel then informed the court, “NAB initiated an inquiry in the matter of the land acquisition.”
The chief justice said “The NAB chairman should appear before court. One petition is filed against someone and they begin to drag that person’s name through the mud, is everyone except NAB a thief?” “They initiate an inquiry against anyone who shows up and hurt the dignity of those a single petition is a filed against,” he remarked. Justice Nisar then summoned the NAB chairman in his chambers.
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17 November, 2019