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Bokhari explains working of National Accountability Bureau to media persons

Islamabad, July 02, 2012 (PPI-OT): While addressing a meeting of the Editors and the Bureau Chiefs of print and electronic media, Chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari has explained in detail the working of NAB and salient features relating to National Accountability Ordinance 1999.

He also explained about the composition and terms of references of Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Chairman told the participants that NAB has constituted JIT under the direction of the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The Court ordered the federal government to activate the state machinery to investigate the case and punish the culprits. Pursuant to the direction of SC, the office of the Attorney General asked NAB to conduct in-depth investigation by constituting a team comprising upon the officials of NAB, FIA and Police. Chairman has constituted JIT comprises of members from Police, FIA and NAB. The services of legal, financial and forensic experts can be hired by the team on need basis. NAB doesn’t have any specific agenda to conduct investigation but to comply with the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court.

The Chairman emphasized that investigations in the case would be impartial and transparent without prejudice to any internal or external pressure and also that investigation would be conducted on merit and strictly under the laws of land.

He told that JIT will determine whether it is a case of collusion between two private individuals or the case of extortion by any of the accused. The team will look into all the relevant transactions, money trail, investments, commercial dealings, business profiles, relevant meetings and if required details of communications between those associated, in any manner, with the case.

Chairman NAB told the participants about a letter written by the counsel of Mr. Arslan Iftikhar and informed that such a notice is an effort to influence the proceedings of the case. The notice bears threatening language attempting to hamper proceedings that constitute offence under the law and this aspect will also be looked into. NAB Considers the contents of the notice not only threatening but an attempt to intervene in the official working of the organization. As JIT is in the process of constitution to comply with orders of the SC, the ‘Notice’ by Mr. Arslan Iftikhar tantamount to the contempt of court as well.

Responding to a question, the Chairman NAB said that JIT will largely depend on documentary evidence therefore question of favour or disfavour to anyone doesn’t arise. He requested the media not to prejudge and let the inquiry complete, the proceeds of which would be shared with the print and electronic media. Right now prejudging the facts will jeopardize the inquiry.

He further explained that during the course of inquiry if NAB receives any further information which necessitates further action with regard to a separate inquiry involving an offence under the NAO, proceedings will be initiated accordingly.

For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
ATTATURK AVENUE G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: 051-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: 051-9214502-03
Email: chairman@nab.gov.pk, infonab@nab.gov.pk

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