Rehman Malik, Jehangir Badar helped Tauqeer Sadiq escape, NAB tells SC

Published: January 24, 2013

Justice Khwaja says said that it appeared as though the NAB team had gone on a camel to chase Sadiq. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday revealed that Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Jehangir Badar allegedly helped former chairman of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), Tauqeer Sadiq, escape the country, Express News reported.

The Supreme Court gave a week’s time to NAB to file references against people responsible for appointing Sadiq and giving him protection.

The national watchdog said that the names of the two officials came up in the investigation.

NAB informed a two-member bench of the Supreme Court that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had approved Sadiq’s appointment. He is the main accused in the multi-billion-rupee scam in the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had earlier directed NAB to arrest Sadiq by January 22, however, he continues to dodge his pursuers.

Justice Jawad S Khwaja said that NAB was not as “innocent” as it posed to be. He said that it appeared as though the NAB team had gone on a “camel to chase Sadiq.”

He said that NAB, police, Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) and the foreign ministry were responsible for helping Sadiq flee Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Jinnah
    Jan 24, 2013 - 12:43PM

    Instad of warnings please CJ..now start giving real punishments..both of them should be arrested..otherwise incomplete justice is no justiceRecommend

  • Muzaffar
    Jan 24, 2013 - 12:51PM

    do you need another reason to vote for PTI ?

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jan 24, 2013 - 1:00PM

    Dont let Malikjee and Bader escape from Pakistan. Malik is a key witness in BB’s death and should help the courts instead of running away.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Jan 24, 2013 - 1:07PM

    Not new because Yousuf Raza Gillani has already done so when he was PM…..

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  • popsaeed
    Jan 24, 2013 - 2:12PM

    @Muzaffar:

    Both leaders belongs to PPP not PML-N

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  • S.Raj
    Jan 24, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Now which NAB official is going to suicide ?

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  • EB
    Jan 24, 2013 - 3:30PM

    @popsaeed: Sadiq’s younger brother is a PMLN MPA from Lahore. Now what do u say???

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  • ff
    Jan 24, 2013 - 3:47PM

    I think it is time to relies that what our ruling party has been done, new doing and will be done. And now we have the right to choose by our vote a reasonable party…………

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  • Born Political
    Jan 24, 2013 - 3:51PM

    @Muzaffar, how does that imply to vote for PTI?

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  • Logical
    Jan 24, 2013 - 3:58PM

    @born political and popsaeed

    Asghar khan case and other pending cases in NAB & Judiciary shold not be forgoten. with power result will be sameRecommend

  • popsaeed
    Jan 24, 2013 - 4:09PM

    @EB:

    Crime commited by him not his younger brother be mature PTI

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  • popsaeed
    Jan 24, 2013 - 4:10PM

    @Logical:

    Its only allegation to nawaz sharif in that case no evidence from any party

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  • Liberal
    Jan 24, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Judiciary should not intervene in the day to day affairs of the executive. Democracy should progress no matter at what cost. Corruption is everywhere so we should instead on focus on eradicating religious extremism from Pakistan. Laws such blasphemy are the real problem and not these petty issues.

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  • Syed
    Jan 24, 2013 - 7:44PM

    This is “Democracy is the best revenge” at work. Relax and enjoy the fruits of “Democracy Pakistani style” with Tikka & Kabab :-)

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  • Mohammed
    Jan 24, 2013 - 8:03PM

    @Liberal:
    Corruption is one of the reasons that people are looking to religious extremism for solutions. Its shame that people cant understand basic connections.

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  • Analyzer
    Jan 24, 2013 - 9:38PM

    What will the SC do now? Beyond taking politically popular judgments SC has been mostly all talk and no action. Don’t expect much to come of this.

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  • Liberal
    Jan 25, 2013 - 12:59PM

    @Analyzer: Absolutely true. We Pakistanis should not vote for the SC in the upcoming elections espeicially when we have the choice to elect democratic forces.

    @Mohammed: This is because of this approach the Pakistan could not progress. If corruption is a big problem then why people don’t protest against thst?

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