The Supreme Court’s decision to nullify the controversial NAB Amendments in the NAB rules has given the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) the authority to arrest politicians and influential figures involved in white-collar crimes of less than Rs 50 crore and arrest about 1,000. 800 closed cases will now be reopened.
Dawn newspaper Report, it is believed that the decision of the Supreme Court has given NAB the powers which it was deprived of due to the amendments, however, NAB sources say that the NAB has already stopped. or cases disposed of by the courts shall not be reopened.
On the other hand, NAB will not be able to process hundreds of cases until the two important posts of Deputy Chairman and Prosecutor General are appointed in NAB.
Apparently, as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, the cases against former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Shaukat Aziz will also be reopened, as well as former President Asif Ali Zardari.
Other prominent figures whose cases have been reopened include former ministers Khawaja Saad Rafique, Khawaja Asif, Rana Sanaullah, Javed Latif, Akram Durrani, Saleem Mandviwala, Shaukat Tareen, Parvez Khattak, Aamir Mehmood Kayani, Khusro Bakhtiar and Faryal. Apart from Talpur, former Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz and former Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah are also included.
It is also likely that amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 could be revived if the Supreme Court headed by new Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa on Monday (September 18) hears a case under the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act, 2023. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandyal, who resigned today, declared null and void the decisions of all the cases.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Shoaib Shaheen termed the court order as ‘the end of NRO-2’ under which several leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (N) and PTI also got concessions.
NAB sources said that the decision of the Supreme Court has given new life to NAB Amendments and work has been started to review the number of reopened cases and send them to the courts again.
Sources say that we are estimating the exact number of cases to be reopened, but it will be around 1,600 to 1,800.
When asked about the cases already decided by NAB and courts, sources said that it has been clearly decided that these cases will not be reopened for any investigation and action.
Sources said that all reopened cases will again be presented to the Executive Board of NAB for its approval.
However, sources said that NAB’s board is currently incomplete due to the resignations of its deputy chairman and prosecutor general, soNAB Amendments has to fill these vacancies to decide its future course of action.