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.
Two bankers nabbed for Rs.100m fraud
AMMAR AHMED KHAN
BAHAWALPUR: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has taken into custody two bank officials allegedly involved in Rs. 100m fraud.
According to details the duo [Azhar Nadeem Ansari (operation manager) and Ikramul Haq (ex-operation manager) of the Habib Bank’s Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QAMC) branch] were nabbed from court premises after their plea for confirmation of bail before the arrest was rejected by the Bahawalpur bench of the Lahore High Court.
Ansari and Ikram were allegedly involved in a case of Rs. 100m embezzlement in the amount of salaries of the employees, including doctors of the Civil Hospital. The ACE had registered an FIR against 11 suspects, including the two bank officials a couple of years ago.
Both officials had got interim bail before arrest while their plea for its confirmation was dismissed by the court after the ACE officials opposed the grant of relief. The ACE officials said they had to recover the allegedly embezzled amount from the bank officials and deposit it with the exchequer.
Terrorism: Military courts finalize cases of 546 accused
RAWALPINDI: Since the establishment of military courts cases of 717 accused terrorists were sent to them by the federal government and out of these 546 cases have been finalized.
According to the details issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday out of the 546 finalized cases, 310 terrorists were awarded death penalty while 234 were awarded rigorous imprisonment of varied duration, ranging from life imprisonment to a minimum duration of five years.
Two accused were also acquitted. Out of 310 sentenced to death, 56 terrorists have been executed after completion of legal process beyond military courts decisions, which included their appeal in superior civil courts and rejection of their mercy petition both by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the President of Pakistan.
Execution of death sentence of the remaining 254 terrorists is pending, completion of the legal process in the higher courts.
Those who have been awarded death penalty included masterminds, executors and abettors/facilitators of, inter alia, following major terrorist incidents:
1. Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack of 16 December 2014
(five terrorists executed).
2. Marriot Islamabad terrorist attack, September 2008.
3. Parade Lane terrorist attack, December 2009.
4. Attack on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office Multan,
5. The terrorist attack on four Special Services Group (SSG) soldiers,
including two officers, April 2009 (one terrorist executed).
6. Attack on ISI office Sukker, November 2010.
7. Bannu Jail Break, April 2012 (one terrorist executed).
8. Mastung Sectarian terrorist attack, April 2012.
9. Killing of Foreigners in Nanga Parbat, June 2013.
10. Terrorist attack on civilian and security officials at
Chalas, August 2013.
11. Terrorist attack on SSP Chaudhary Aslam, January 2014.
12. Karachi Airport attack, June 2014.
13. Terrorists’ attack on Ms Sabin Mehmood, April 2015.
14. Terrorists’ attack Safora Ghot Karachi, May 2015.
15. Bacha Khan University attack, January 2016.
16. Terrorist attack on Amjad Sabri, June 2016.
Fake ‘amil’ makes brothers bury their sister alive!
Ammar Ahmed Khan
TAXILA: On the instructions of a fake faith-healer two brothers killed their mentally sick sister in order to get the house rid of evil.
Shabana, 38, and a resident of Banni Mohallah near Christian Hospital had not been seen since 4th of Dec. Her elder brother, Mohammad Imran, who lives separately, lodged a complaint with the police about his sister’s unexplained disappearance. On Friday, the victim’s mother called her brother, Abdul Lateef, saying she had been locked in a room by her two sons, Mohammad Farhan and Mohammad Kamran, and that she had managed to break out of the room.
Abdul Lateef came to his sister’s aid and also informed his nephew, Mohammad Imran. The victim’s mother told her brother and son that her daughter had been buried alive in the well in the house. Imran then informed the local police about the crime. Rescue 1122 was called to retrieve the body but the operation was abandoned when the oxygen supply was exhausted and it got dark.
Rescue 1122 officer Adeel Ahmed said the operation will resume on Saturday after more oxygen cylinders are brought in. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahzad told media persons that both the suspects were taken into custody. He said the two brothers had confessed to killing their sister on the directives of the local spiritual healer, who had told them that evil forces have descended on her which also affected their family. The spiritual healer had advised they kill her in order to rid the family of evil forces.
A case will be registered against the suspects after the body is recovered. Another case in which a lack of knowledge destroys a life, even consultation with an amateur in the medical field could have prevented such a tragedy.