CJP reprimands NAB Karachi chief for ‘crossing limits’

Aren’t you ashamed of bothering people without any reason, asks Justice Nisar

News Desk December 11, 2018
Aren’t you ashamed for unnecessarily bothering people, asks Justice Nisar. PHOTO: FILE

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday reprimanded National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Karachi chief Naseer Awan for ‘crossing limits and humiliating people’.

“Aren’t you ashamed of bothering people without any reason? …  you people are crossing limits … today your heads are down but have no shame,” Justice Nisar was quoted by Express News as saying while hearing a petition against the NAB’s notice to senior lawyer Salman Hamid.

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The NAB Karachi director general apprised the court that the notice was issued after Hamid lodged a case without prior permission of a suspect. On which, the CJP questioned the bureau’s motive behind investigation against the lawyer.

“You issue notice when someone perform professional duty … you insult people by calling them in. Is this why the Almighty chose you? You show them around police lockups and then even the Supreme Court fails to spot them for the next six months,” he remarked.

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Barring the NAB from summoning Salman Hamid for inquiry any longer, the chief justice said the lawyer could only be sent a questionnaire for investigation.

Earlier in the day, the lawyer fraternity staged a protest against NAB’s inquiry on Hamid outside the apex court’s Karachi Registry. They chanted slogans against the corruption watchdog and were later called in at Court Number 1 by the CJP.


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