Mushtaq Raisani 'cleared' by NAB

Published: December 22, 2016
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QUETTA: The country’s top anti-graft watchdog has accepted the plea bargain application of former finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani who has offered to return Rs2 billion to the national exchequer.

Raisani was taken into custody on May 6, 2016 after a team of the National Accountability Bureau recovered sensitive documents and Rs603 million in cash during a raid at his residence.

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Raisani ready to return Rs2b in plea bargain

According to NAB authorities, Raisani and contractor Sohail Majeed had submitted plea bargain applications which were approved during the conference of the executive board with NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in the chair in Islamabad. The accused, who have confessed to their crime, are willing to return Rs2 billion to the national exchequer.

A huge amount to the tune of Rs2.25 billion had been released for local government development – but the lion’s share was allegedly embezzled by Raisani and his cronies who are currently on judicial remand.

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NAB has completed its investigations in the multibillion-rupee corruption scandal.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Jawaid
    Dec 22, 2016 - 10:26AM

    The entire system is a farce. NAB itself is the chief plunderer with the very concept of “Plea bargain”. Our law enforcing agencies are already practicing the concept for some time in order to enrich themselves. Our future generations would consider us a laughing stock! Some explaining will be needed to convince them with the concept of “Plea bargain”. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 22, 2016 - 10:32AM

    This is not good governance… its great governance.. for the people in government!Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Dec 22, 2016 - 10:57AM

    check the assets of NAB officials.Recommend

  • Muzzammil
    Dec 22, 2016 - 11:03AM

    On the face of it and despite the sarcastic tone of this news report, looks like a good achievement by getting 2 billion rupees back to the public finance. Billions of rupees have been looted through corruption, which needs to be stopped immediately – only way forward for the country with huge potential.Recommend

  • Prabhjyot singh madan
    Dec 22, 2016 - 12:02PM

    Simply wonderful….wowRecommend

  • SB
    Dec 22, 2016 - 12:17PM

    NAB is a joke entity and should be confined to the garbage bin.
    People committing crimes, are caught red handed and then freed for a bargain price with a clean chit.
    So what’s there to stop these criminals doing the same thing over and over again knowing that they will get away with it cheaply.
    Shameful organisation and how come the judiciary is allowing all this under their noses?Recommend

  • Ts
    Dec 22, 2016 - 12:19PM

    Now i am hating to live in this country. What a shame for all of us. We people should take the stand against this act and should ask govt to award death penalty to those who do corruption especially those holding public office. Enough is enough for god sake.Recommend

  • Dan
    Dec 22, 2016 - 12:26PM

    Very Shamful act by NAB, thats why no common man have any more faith in our Government and on the authorities who conduct trial of corruption. Person instead of being released by plea bargain would have been prosecuted to set example. But unfortunately there is no law and order thing in our country. Recommend

  • JA
    Dec 22, 2016 - 12:50PM

    What a justice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ShameRecommend

  • Syed
    Dec 22, 2016 - 12:56PM

    Great , Make Pakistan great again !!! Congrats to Crime heaven ” Pakistan “. Recommend

  • Ahmed Javed
    Dec 22, 2016 - 1:19PM

    wow, he robbed and accepts and now agrees to return money so he is free!!! Wow what a law. Hope this law applies to all types of stealing Recommend

  • YP Mississauga
    Dec 22, 2016 - 1:52PM

    All thieves who are in prison for cash frauds should be asked to pay the cash fine once they have paid, they should be set free.Recommend

  • Anjum
    Dec 22, 2016 - 2:29PM

    congratulation PML N Recommend

  • Naveed Rahman
    Dec 22, 2016 - 10:59PM

    This is for the NAB officials dealing with this case.

    I think it is not as much as getting the money back, but setting an example for those who comit crime. Pakistan was supposed to be the land of the pure. Please donot make our country a laughing stock in international community. PAK Army set an example by rooting out the corrupt, its time for NAB to do the same.
    Make pakistanis proud by cleaning out the rubbish from this country.Recommend

  • Muzzammail
    Dec 23, 2016 - 6:57AM

    Although plea bargain thing might not be an ideal scenario, however, the criticism on NAB only supports the corrupt culture. The civil society should root for all those who are fighting against corruption. It’ll not be easy to eradicate it fully and immediately but every steps counts and should be appreciated.Recommend

  • Prabhjyot singh madan
    Dec 23, 2016 - 7:18AM

    Another USSR in the making.great news.I wish we could get away this way in India. A news Pakistan province of China. All hail cpec too.we Indians want you to pursue cpec asap please. Rab rakhaRecommend

  • Hasan Khan
    Dec 23, 2016 - 8:50AM

    Supreme Court should take suo moto notice of thisRecommend

  • asad hasan
    Dec 31, 2016 - 11:34AM

    I feel the whole episode of plea bargains is a joke; the government is fooling the people. How can the NAB enter into a plea bargain with a corrupt official without the governments nod! There are clearly negotiations – political, financial, what have you – behind the scenes! Period. You can fool some people – all the time, all the people – some of the time; but not all the people -all the time.Recommend

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