Weighing in: NAB chief says president enjoys immunity

Published: April 12, 2012

Says documents related to Swiss cases in possession of the bureau. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Days before the apex court announces its verdict on non-compliance of the National Reconciliation Order (NRO) case, the accountability chief weighed in on the issue and said that in his opinion, the president enjoys immunity.

“The Constitution has given the president immunity inside and outside the country,” said National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari on Wednesday.

“The decision, however, would be taken by the apex court but in my personal opinion, the president enjoys immunity,” Bokhari said while talking to reporters.

Asked if the documents related to Swiss cases were in possession of the army or NAB, Bokhari said the documents were in the bureau’s possession, and were safe.

Rental power cases

The accountability chief said that there was a provision in the NAB Ordinance regarding plea bargains, but that stage has not been arrived at yet in the rental power plants (RPP) case.

He said that NAB was working on implementation of the Supreme Court decision on RPPs and had already cautioned authorities not to transfer accounts of the companies involved in the case.

The bureau had also requested the interior minister to place the names of all those found guilty in the RPP case on the Exit Control List (ECL), he said.

The chairman described weak regulatory regime and involvement of federal secretaries as major causes of corruption in the country and said the bureau would root out corruption through legislative and fiscal means.

He added that there were two cases of corruption related to the military, involving the National Logistics Cell and Railways.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Mirza
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Looks like even the Admiral is pulling the rug from under the SC’s attempts to subvert the constitution just like they did while aided and abetted in Mush’s high treason. The SC comes into play and interpret (not make laws) when there is no clear cut law. However, in this case there are no ambiguities in the national and International laws. One only needs to be able to read English.

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  • ahmad rizwan
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:52AM

    NAB chief did justice to the person who gave him this job…

    An expected statement from him

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  • Attif Abbas
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:42AM

    This statement is for the 100 million plot not for job.

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  • Democrat
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:44AM

    and i was thinking he was an admiral…but he thinks of himself as a top jurist..i ask the PPP to please appoint him as the chief justice of pakistan…. with person like him as head of NAB, who can expect an impartial accountability?

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  • Democrat
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:48AM

    @Mirza… by your logic, the whole constitution is written in simple english so why do we need SC and HC? come on… stop your pay-per-comment things and see the light… and instead of writing everything anti-SC, have you ever thought why a retired admiral is heading the NAB? it is like appointing a retired physician as head of an arts academy…

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Admiral had a good reputation while he was serving in Navy. This criminal statement was not expected from a man with such a clean reputation. Shocking!

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  • Zabandraz
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Yes we know ! You got your plot didn’t you???

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 12, 2012 - 5:06PM

    Kindly educate our Judges of superior courts who are entirely on some unknown page of their own. Present judiciary only wants to inform the nation and the world that they are government within the government.

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Fasih Bukhari is just doing his job and he is doing it with full loyality and dedication. The job of these people is to make simple situation/cases so messy and complex for people to stop paying attention and finally lose any hope and trust in the institutions. These people always reply back with one argument – internationally accepted immunity. Who are these compared against? Who else are so corrupt? Any reference in the Islamic history for immunity against corruption. What about corruption of their families. Change is the only solution. And people can bring change.

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