NICL scam: SC orders action against NAB chairman

Published: November 22, 2013
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File photo of NAB Chairman Chaudhry Qamar Zaman. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of NAB Chairman Chaudhry Qamar Zaman. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has ordered to file a case against National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry for creating hurdles in the investigation of the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) corruption case, Express News reported on Friday.

The NICL scandal involves purchase of real estate on inflated rates. Zaman had sent a controversial memo to then establishment secretary Abdul Rauf on the progress of billions of rupees NICL scam, even though he was not authorised to do so.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while announcing the final verdict on the NICL case, made the decision to hand over investigations to NAB.

The court also ordered NAB to recover Mohsin Habib Warraich, Amin Qasim Dada and Khalid Anwar Khan from abroad and take them into custody.

The NAB will also investigate Pakistan Peoples Party’s Makhdoom Amin Fahim, former principal secretary to the prime minister Nargis Sethi, former establishment division secretary Ismail Qureshi and Salman Ghani – who are all suspected to be involved in illegal appointment.

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  • asim
    Nov 22, 2013 - 11:11AM

    All state -institutions have failed

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  • Anoni
    Nov 22, 2013 - 11:16AM

    Will they every be punished ? go to jail ? judgement is one thing and punishment … well we may have to wait some year for that i guessRecommend

  • yasin
    Nov 22, 2013 - 11:17AM

    Honourable SC perhaps does not want NAB to function as since the day civilian chairmans are posted in NAB, one after the other, each one has been kiked out on one ground or the other.

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  • abdullah
    Nov 22, 2013 - 11:27AM

    What happend to Moonis Elahi?

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  • BILAL A
    Nov 22, 2013 - 11:38AM

    we all knew what he is capable off, IK and PTI was absolutely right that this guy was appointed chairman by N league and PPPP to protect their own cases.
    People still make fun of IK. No wonder our nation worth even lesser capable leaders…

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  • Nov 22, 2013 - 11:38AM

    this is a good news and all the persons responsible for any kind of curroption in any field should bring to justice.

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  • A2Z
    Nov 22, 2013 - 12:19PM

    IK haters, would you still bash IK for opposing the appointment of NAB chairman after mutual understanding between PML-N and PPP?

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  • Shafaaqat
    Nov 22, 2013 - 12:36PM

    Oops, so PTI was right?Recommend

  • Amir
    Nov 22, 2013 - 12:39PM

    the hunter has become the hunted!

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  • asim
    Nov 22, 2013 - 1:41PM

    @yasin: NAB chairman was Secretary commerce and was involved himself in NICL scam. This implies action must be taken against PM why he allowed such a person become NAB chairman.

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  • Kamil
    Nov 22, 2013 - 4:06PM

    Unless we emulate China’s policy of hanging the corrupt of the highest positions to death this country will never progress

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  • Amjad
    Nov 22, 2013 - 4:43PM

    What about his CJ’s son and Iftikhar Chaudary himself who allowed his official residence to be used for commercial purposes?Recommend

  • Jibran
    Nov 22, 2013 - 5:27PM

    How about ordering him to investigate Arsalan Iftikhar+Chaudhry Iftikhar?

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  • Mohammed
    Nov 22, 2013 - 5:43PM

    Lets hear the apologies from PML and PPP supporters. PTI as always, is right. The was a set-up to protect the crooks. Mian sahib should resign!

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  • AAK
    Nov 22, 2013 - 6:40PM

    No doubt NAB chairman corrupt simple evidence is that he has been appointed by Zardari and Nawaz.
    Any way we must not happy with Cheap’s objection ,actually he wanted to post Ramdey ,which was very strongly opposed so cheap did hislast effort in revenge

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  • Dr. AH
    Nov 22, 2013 - 8:09PM

    SC is right in his action.
    As long as Zardari and Nawaz are there, corruption will not go away. These 2 are the biggest looter of Pakistan. They protect each other. The elections were rigged in a very unique Fashion.
    Dr. Qadri and Imran Khan were all along right- sad but true. Only revolution can get rid of Zardari and Nawaz Sharif according to Dr. Qadri and —
    Neutral and free judiciary is not enough in Pakistan if no one is there to implement the verdicts.
    God save Pakistan!
    We still have some hope that things will get better.

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  • voil
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:53AM

    Comically ironic that the nation’s top corruption watchdog’s chief is himself implicated in a massive corruption scandal. Disgrace!

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