NAB chairman warns DGs of consequences in case of failure of references



ISLAMABAD: Perturbed over the failure of drafting/preparation of references, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has now declared that in future, failure of any reference will be declared as inefficiency and irresponsibility of director general concerned.

Taking cognizance of the result of poor drafting/preparation of references, NAB chairman has written a letter to all director generals (DGs) of NAB and expressed reservations with great concerns over the drafting/preparation of references. The chairman said that drafting was not up to the mark, which resulted in a failure at later stages by weakening the efficiency of prosecution and conviction ratio.

He also directed all the DGs to file up to the mark references to avoid any future embarrassments.

“In this regard, it is brought into your knowledge that in future, failure of any reference will be declared as inefficiency and irresponsibility on the part of concerned director general,” said NAB’s letter carrying subject “Drafting/Preparation of References”.

The NAB’s letter further declared that any weakness on the part of the investigation and poor response from the prosecution witness, resulting into the failure of prosecution cases or their resilience during the trials, will be attributed to the concerned supervisory officers, i-e case officers/directors/senior LCs.

NAB Director General (Operations) Zahir Shah through a letter has also requested all the DGs that “the directions of the competent authority be followed in letter and spirit to improve the performance and image of NAB.”

Well-informed sources disclosed that NAB chairman has conducted a series of meetings with bureau officials to know the actual reasons behind the failure in holding the corrupt elements accountable in the courts. After deep consultations, NAB chairman learnt that poorly drafted references and weak investigation on the part of NAB directorates and prosecution wing respectively, in high profile cases, were the reasons behind the NAB’s failure, said sources.

They further stated that the chairman had also learnt about the flaws and faults in the references submitted against Sharif family, Ishaq Dar, Asif Ali Zardari, Dr Asim Hussain, former OGRA chairman Tauqeer Sadiq and other influentials.

They also said that NAB, despite having solid evidence to prove the allegations against the influential politicians, businessmen, bureaucrats etc., often failed to hold them accountable due to some ‘black sheeps’ in the bureau which were allegedly involved in saving the skins of these influentials from accountability.

It is interesting to note that a large number of high-profile corruption cases of influential politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen etc. have met with failure due to various known and unknown reasons like poor drafting/preparation of references and weakness in the investigation process.