The Supreme Court has ordered National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file reference against PM Raja Pervez Ashraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Pakistan People’s Party Senator Jahangir Badar within a period of seven days.
The orders were given after NAB director said that the investigation against PM Raja was underway over the illegal appointment of Sadiq while maintaining that the Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Pakistan People’s Party Senator Jahangir Badar were involved in the safe escape of former chairman Ogra Tauqir Sadiq. He said the report to file reference against the accused was also ready.
During the course of proceedings, the bench expressed outrage on the non-arrest of of Sadiq.
The NAB prosecutor told the bench that the UAE police arrested Sadiq but later released him.
Justice Jawwad remarked that the team, earlier sent to UAE didn’t even have arrest warrants against Sadiq. The bench questioned how Sadiq was able to travel after his passports were cancelled, adding that every agency was acting in complicity with the accused. He said that NAB was not as “innocent” as it posed to be, adding that it appeared as though the NAB team had gone on a “camel to chase Sadiq.”
The bench said that NAB, police, Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) and the foreign ministry were responsible for helping Sadiq flee Pakistan.