ISLAMABAD: National Acceptability Bureau (NAB) Chairman, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal Thursday said 1,210 corruption references of Rs900 billion were under trial in different accountability courts of the country.
Addressing a seminar entitled `Corruption is Big Hindrance in Economic Development’ organized here by NAB Rawalpindi Bureau, he said the Bureau was giving priority to take mega corruption cases to logical conclusion.
He said the Bureau believes in investigation of white color crimes amid complete documentary evidences and on basis of scientific ground.
The NAB chairman said the Bureau was also investigating Mudarba Scandal cases on priority as 34 accused had been arrested while those who had gone abroad would be brought back through Interpol.
He said NAB had filed a Mudarba case against Mufti Ehsan in Accountability Court Islamabad which had sentenced
him 10 years imprisonment and fined Rs9 billion. In this case, nine other accused were also fined Rs1 billion.
Justice Javed said NAB had won Mufti Ehsan Mudarba case of Rs10 billion and this amount would be recovered from them and later, be distributed among affected persons. due to efficient prosecution, NAB had won this mega corruption case, he added.
Moreover, he said, of the total 179 mega corruption cases, the Bureau had filed 105 references in accountability courts after completing all legal formalities.
He said NAB had also recovered Rs 297 billion from corrupt elements and submitted the amount in national exchequer.
He said corruption was ruining our economy and NAB was committed to end corruption from society. He said NAB was using all available resources to curb corruption and taking actions across the board against people who were involved in corruption.
He told the audience that NAB was also taking action against those people who were thinking that they were above the law and no body dare to proceed against them.
The NAB chairman said the Bureau was taking steps to curb money laundering and all the money which were deposited in foreign banks would be brought back.
“Currently, our country owns debts of $94 billion and we also observed that this amount is not spent on any development project. Some people purchased luxury property in Dubai. Corruption is mother of all evils and the bureau takes it as a national duty to root out corruption,” he said, adding NAB was actively working for across-the-board accountability.
The NAB chairman said Pakistan had improved its ranking from 160 to 107 in corrupt countries list. Responding to a question, he said 59 per cent Pakistanis were satisfied with the performance of NAB.
At the end, he answered the questions of audience in professional manner.
Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.
In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.
Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.
Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.
Fake bank accounts: NAB gets physical remand of key accused
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here handed over Iqbal Khan Noori, one of the key suspects in the fake bank accounts case, to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 14-day physical remand for questioning.
NAB officials produced Noori before the accountability judge and sought his physical remand for interrogation. The court remanded the accused in the bureau’s custody for 14 days and adjourned the hearing until May 2.
Meanwhile, the judge granted a plea of the suspect’s family seeking permission to meet him.
Noori, director of M/s Rubicon owned by Younas Kudwai – front man of Asif Ali Zardari, CEO of M/s Park Lane – is among the 30 accused named in the case.
Markan: Terrorists shot 14 passengers dead on Coastal Highway
MAKRAN: Terrorists offloaded passengers from a bus on Coastal Highway near Ormara here today and shot at least 14 of them.
According to sources privy to NPTV some 20 unidentified gunmen (wearing FC uniforms) stopped passenger buses plying from Karachi towards Gawadar. At 1am they offloaded sixteen passengers from a bus carrying over 36 passengers in Buzi Top area and killed forteen of them at close range after identifying the victims by means of their NICs.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemning the act of terrorism sought report into the incident. He has ordered the concerned authorities to identify the culprits and book them under Anti-Terrorism Law.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal stated that such acts were on the agenda of anti-state elements as they wanted Balochistan to remain backward region sans any development: “Progress will continue no matter what”, he held.
“These cowardly terrorists showed the extent of their barbarism by murdering innocent passengers,” the CM maintained.
“The people of Balochistan look upon terrorists who follow the agenda of foreign elements with hate. Through the support of the people, terrorism will be eliminated and the terrorists will continue to be brought to justice,” Jam Kamal stated.
Information Minister Ch. Fawad Hussain took to the Twitter saying all the perpetrators involved in recent attacks in the country would be apprehended and brought to justice.
Leader of the Oppositionof PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif and PPP-P Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari have also strongly condemned the killings. PPP-P Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held that PTI Govt. had failed in containing terrorism.