September 22, 2010Print : Lahore
A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the National Accountability Bureau to produce the order under which Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan ambassador to the US, was exonerated from a corruption case against him.
The bench comprising LHC chief justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh also allowed a civil miscellaneous application of the petitioner, Haqqani, seeking directions for the NAB to place on record all the alleged cases against him. The bench adjourned further hearing on Haqqani’s petition until September 28.
The court is hearing a writ petition moved by Haqqani to get his name cleared from the list of NRO beneficiaries.
Earlier, a deputy prosecuter general NAB produced a copy of FIR registered against Haqqani in 1997.
On the last hearing, the law ministry through an official had told the court that the name of the petitioner was mistakenly included in the list of NRO beneficiaries.
Haqqani through his counsel pleaded that he had never applied for any benefit under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in any alleged case against him. He said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) established by former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf had never filed any reference against him.
Three cases were filed against him by the Ehtisab Bureau of Saif ur Rehman in year 1999 on the charges of misuse of power. He was later released on bail by the Lahore High Court after 79 days in detention.