SC adjourns Tauqir Sadiq’s hearing for 10 days


The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan adjourned the hearing of Tauqir Sadiq’s case for 10 days on Wednesday due to non-cooperation by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

NAB prosecutor KK Agha informed a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that the Foreign Office (FO) had to hire a lawyer for Rs 13,44,600 to bring the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) former chairman Sadiq back to Pakistan.

In addition, an amount of Rs 38,03,630 was spent on six NAB officials assissting in the case, including Director Irfan Baig, Deputy Director Waqas Ahmad, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Rana Shahid, Muhammad Mazhar Hanif, Shumail Aziz and Director Haris Nawaz.

What action would be taken against Sadiq for his disappearance from the NAB office and who shall be made accountable for wasting his arrest warrants, Agha asked the court.

In reply to a question by the CJ regarding the appointment to the post of NAB chairman, Agha said a meeting was held in this regard but nothing has been revealed about the decision.

The CJ stressed Agha to cooperate with the would-be NAB chairman and demanded a progress report.

The case was adjourned for 10 days.