‘NAB to pursue cases against Sharif, Zardari’

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Chaudhry Qamar Zaman has decided to reopen and pursue major corruption cases, including those against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari and other prominent politicians.

“The new chairman sought details of the high-profile cases and decided to go for across-the-board accountability,” NAB spokesman Ramzan Sajid claimed while talking to this correspondent on Sunday.

According to him, the chairman said at a briefing that he would tolerate no delay in the processing and pursuing of such cases.

But political observers here say that the claim needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. One of them who did not want to be identified said the NAB chairman who had been appointed after prolonged discussions between the two parties — the prime minister and the leader of opposition — was highly unlikely to take up this challenging task.

NAB sources said former chairman retired Admiral Fasih Bokhari had not given a go-ahead for pursuing the high-profile cases. “A file containing cases of more than 30 politicians was placed before the former chairman for his final approval for initiating action but he did not sign it and kept it in his own custody,” they said.

The file contained cases against the Sharif brothers, including those relating to Hudaybia Paper Mills, having assets beyond known sources of income and Ittefaq Foundry loan default, they said.

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