Corruption cases and NAB-The Frontier Post

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Islamabad High Court directed the National Accountability Bureau to give a clear statement regarding the arrest warrant of former president Asif Ali Zardari in ongoing investigation of alleged ownership of Property in Manhattan area of New York, USA. According to reports, former President Asif Ali Zardari lawyer filed a pre-arrest bail petition of his client on medical ground, while NAB Prosecutors maintained that arrest warrant could be issued against former president Asif Ali Zardari at the next stage as he had submitted general answer to its questionnaire in the New York Property investigation. The Court directed the NAB to give a clear statement regarding the arrest warrant.

Presently, several politicians, particularly public office holders during previous governments are under the scrutiny of NAB’s radars. Former President Asif Ali Zardari had been under investigation by the FIA and NAB authorities for his alleged assets abroad supposedly in the Middle East, America, Canada, and Europe.  Recently, NAB has opened an investigation against the former President in connection with ownership of an apartment in Manhattan, New York allegedly owned by him. Previously, FIA had been investigating fake bank accounts associated with former President Asif Ali Zardari, his front man Mushtaq, sister Faryal Talpur, former Chairman Pakistan Stock Exchange Hussain Lawai and Omni group Chairman Anwar Majeed during the past. Later, a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was formed on the fake bank accounts case and the subject case was transferred to NAB on the order of the Supreme Court in January 2019.

The PTI government has initiated corruption cases against most of its opponents after coming into power. Several cases have been ended up due to nonavailability of evidence or poor prosecution and few are still pending in the courts. The Accountability watchdog must issue a white paper about the recoveries it made from the accused politicians and other criminals through plea-bargains/VR Scheme so the public can be aware of the true designs of its representatives and change its discourse in coming days.