NAB chairman issues notices to regional DGs over delay in cases


KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal reportedly issued show-cause notices on Saturday to the director-general of the regional bureaus for the delay in responding to his directions to investigate and dispose-off of as many as 250 cases pending with the bureau.

Sources revealed to Pakistan Today that about 57 high profile cases involving billions of rupees are pending with Karachi’s regional bureau on different grounds like legal vetting, delay of operation division and other reasons, whereas as many as 207 other cases also await their fate to be decided.

The cases of construction of high-rise building ‘Arcadian Tower’ on amenity plot in Defense Housing Authority (DHA) Phase 8, Sindh Police corruption case, illegal appointments of officers by Sindh Public Service Commission and Bahria Town Karachi land scam issue are a few of those which are pending since 2015.

Many other cases including National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam (pending since 2011), DHA phase 9 illegal allotment of land (pending since 2016) and DHA-Marina fraud case of Rs3.5 billion (pending since 2013) have also not been sorted out.

On the other hand, the NAB chairman has never conducted the performance appraisal of his own office with regard to the 250 plus cases lying unattended for many years and has not frequently visited regional offices. Since his joining as the chairman, he has conducted only one ExecBoard Board Meeting (EBM) and has shifted the burden on the investigation officers alone.

Pakistan Today tried to contact NAB spokesman Asim Ali Nawazish, but he did not respond.