NAB ready to investigate its Chairman Qamar Zaman on Supreme Court orders

Supreme Court Order: NAB assigned Zahir Shah to investigate Qamar Zaman | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has appointed its DG operation to oversee the two inquiries which involve the Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry.

According to official press release issued here on Tuesday, NAB received the certified copy of SC judgment on NICL case at 4.00 pm on November 25, 2013.

Notification appointing Dy. Chairman NAB Saeed Ahmad Sargana as acting Chairman NAB during the absence of Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has not yet been received. However, since the Chairman, before proceeding on leave, had authorized Dy. Chairman to act on his behalf, the Dy. Chairman has decided to exercise his powers without further delay to proceed on SC judgment.

“While proceeding on leave, Chairman NAB issued only one instruction to the Dy. Chairman while authorizing him to act as Chairman. The instruction was that the Dy. Chairman exercises his powers as fairly and transparently as possible, particularly while investigating the cases which involve the Chairman himself,” official statement stated.

Consequently, in the interest of justice, the Acting Chairman decided that, instead of the senior most DG of NAB, the person selected to oversee the inquiry should, not only be competent and experienced, but should have had no opportunity of interaction with the Chairman prior to his appointment in NAB. He has, therefore, assigned this task to Mr. Zahir Shah, DG (Operations) NAB HQs, to oversee the two inquiries which involve the Chairman NAB, which will be conducted by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT). The JIT will include an Investigation Officer of NAB who will be assisted by a highly competent Police Officer and another member from the SECP.

The acting Chairman has instructed the DG (Ops) to ensure that the investigation is concluded as expeditiously as possible but without compromising on details or content.

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