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March 25, 2017

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Four directors-general of NAB accused of corruption

ISLAMABAD: Senior officers of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), including  four of directors-general, may be guilty of corruption as defined in the NAB Ordinance.

Section 9 (iv) of the Ordinance provides that a person is said to have committed corruption if he obtains for himself any pecuniary advantage by illegal means. An official report on illegal absorption and subsequent promotion in the NAB filed before the Supreme Court of Pakistan has brought to light facts suggesting that several NAB officers were posted to BPS-18 positions illegally, as they did not possess the requisite post academic experience of five years.

Sources in the NAB said the top brass of the organisation was currently doing its best to justify the appointments on the basis of explanations such as “the two officers hold postgraduate degrees but they are not available on the record.” Sources among former prosecutors of the NAB said such explanations would only expose its top brass to prosecution for corruption under Section 9 (xii) of the Ordinance which provides that aiding and abetting a person accused of offence of corruption was also a corrupt act.

The Supreme Court had directed senior advocate Khawaja Haris at the last hearing to go through the report of the Establishment secretary and to make a statement as to whether the nine officers were qualified at the time of their appointment or if they were entitled to promotion.

Khawaja Haris had undertaken to examine the case of the legality of the appointments or promotions and to state if those were in conformity with the principles laid down by the Supreme Court in the judgments reported as Contempt Proceedings against Chief Secretary, Sindh, Ali Azhar Khan Baloch versus Sindh, Ch. Muhammad Akram versus Registrar Islamabad High Court. 

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