ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) believed that the appointment of new chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was the result of a deal between the two major political parties PPP and PML-N, Central Secretary Information PTI Shireen Mazari issued a statement explaining why the new NAB chief designate is highly unsuited to this position. In her statement, she clearly said that the appointment was done in haste and under unknown pressures and it should made public.
Mazari pointed out that the manner in which this appointment was done was neither in keeping with the spirit of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 nor completely legal. “The NAO, 1999 as it stands today states that a person shall not be appointed as Chairman NAB unless he is a retired chief justice or a judge of the Supreme Court or a chief justice of a High Court, or he is a retired officer of the armed forces of Pakistan equivalent to the rank of a lieutenant general; or he is a retired federal government Officer in BPS 22 or equivalent.
While Qamar Zaman applied for retirement after his announcement was made and the process was hastily completed within 24 hours. This was done to defeat the letter and spirit of the law.
She said there exists a contempt notice of the Supreme Court against Qamar Zaman (copy with PTI) which states: “In order to meet the ends of justice, we find it necessary to issue notices under Section 17 (1) of the Contempt of Court (Ordinance V) of 2003, to Qamar Zaman Ch, Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abdul Rauf Ch. Secretary, Establishment Division, and Khushnood Lashari, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, for wilful defiance of the orders of this Court passed on 24.1.2011.” “The contempt notices from the apex court is still pending,” she added.
She said that Qamar Zaman was one of the six directors of NICL whose case was taken up by the SC. (Copies of the Minutes of the NICL of their 59th and 60th meetings are with PTI). Three properties were purchased one in Lahore, one in Karachi and one in Dubai. Billions of rupees were minted from these deals. All directors of NICL were issued arrest warrants except Qamar Zaman though he was fully minted to have taken part in the decisions (as revealed in the relevant Minutes) because he was then Interior Secretary.
“Two Directors are absconding and three are on bail. In the minutes of the 59th meeting he was not present but all these decisions were confirmed in the 60th meeting and he was thoroughly briefed on the three scandalous purchases, which he appreciated,” she added.
Maj (Retd) Qamar Zaman was ADC to Ziaul Haq; and Brig Tirmizi in his book “Profiles of Intelligence” writes on pages 323 to 325 about him on how he got a quota to send workers abroad and made good money on it. The corruption report was given to Zia and Qamar Zaman was taken out of this sensitive position, transferred to DMG group and made Deputy Commissioner.
In addition, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has been extremely close to both the PPP and PMLN regimes, especially the latter that was reflected in PM Sharif elevating him from Grade 20 to 22 in his second tenure in office as PM.
For all these reason, Mazari stated PTI is convinced Qamar Zaman Chaudhry is completely unsuited to the post of NAB Chairman as he lacks the credibility and ability. She reiterated that PTI will go to the SC against this appointment and has already directed its lawyers to prepare the case for immediate filing.
Dr Mazari stated that there is a clear attempt that has been ongoing for some time now to destroy the whole accountability process and this is the compulsion that has led the PMLN and PPP into making the present unsuited appointment as both Parties have major cases against their leaders awaiting action in NAB.