Islamabad: ‘NAB issues arrest warrants for 33’
ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has finally dropped a bombshell in terms of decision against Rental Power Projects (RPPs) as the NAB issued arrest warrants of 33 including a Minister, ex–Ministers and Secretaries. The Supreme Court on March 30th had directed the Chairman NAB to initiate action against all the persons involved in the scandal in accordance with the law and submit fortnightly report to the registrar office of the apex court.
‘As per the NAB law and procedures drawn under it, we keep arrest as our last option while moving against violators. NAB goes by investigations, formulation of charge sheet, recovery and arrest as a last resort’, a senior official of the NAB told Online on condition of anonymity.
‘But in this case, the NAB is duty-bound, in light of the Supreme Court orders in this regard, to arrest those involved in RPPs without even formulating the charge sheets against them’, the official added.
‘Practically, speaking the NAB is moving in this case in reverse order, of its Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), as required by the apex court’, the official observed. ‘As the arrest warrants of all 33 involved have already been issued under orders of the court, NAB would arrest them at the earliest’, the official added.
Prominent amongst those whose arrest warrants were issued, are: Raja Pervez Ashraf , Shaukat Tareen , Liaquat Ali Khan Jatoi , Tariq Hameed, Salman Siddique, Ch.Muhamad Anwar Khalid, Fazal Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Saleem Arif, Muhammad Baseer Ahmad, Tahir Basharat Cheema, Khalid Irfan Rahman, Fayyaz Elahi, Muhammad Yousaf Memon, Lt Gen (Retd) Saeed–uz–Zafar, Khalid Saeed, Yousaf Ali , Ashfaq Mehmood, Muhammad Ismail Qureshi, Shahid Rafi, Liaquat Ali Khan Jatoi, Muhammad Anwar Khan , Muhammad Rafique Butt, Muhammad Jamil Arain, Ghulam Mustafa Tunio,Tariq Nazir, Gulzar Muhammad, Abid Ali, Habibullah Khan, Iqbal Z. Ahmed, Haseeb Ahmed Khan, Shah Faisal Muhammad, Nasarullah Baig and Naeem Shafique.