SC calls for NLC scam record on NAB hes­i­ta­tion

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

A Supreme Court bench on Mon­day called for the com­plete record of the Rs4 bil­lion armyrun Na­tional Lo­gis­tic Cell (NLC) scam de­spite the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau's (NAB) re­quest not to treat 'the sen­si­tive and con­fi­den­tial' stuff as a public doc­u­ment.

Ad­di­tional Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral NAB Ak­bar Tarar's sub­mis­sion that NAB has al­ready is­sued no­tices to the re­spon­dents in the scam did not im­press the three-judge bench headed by Jus­tice Jawwad S. Khawaja. The court told him that it will de­ter­mine how to treat the mat­ter af­ter go­ing through the record and ob­served that NAB's hes­i­ta­tion fu­eled the cu­rios­ity of the court.

A sup­ple­men­tary list of 29 mega scams that NAB sub­mit­ted, in ad­di­tion to the 150 scan­dals fur­nished ear­lier, men­tioned the NLC case, in­sti­tuted for unau­tho­rised in­vest­ment in the Stock Ex­change and fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. In its case, NAB stated that it re­ceived no re­ply nor record in re­sponse to its re­peated re­minders to the NLC and the GHQ since Jan­uary 2012.

Ini­ti­ated on the com­plaint of the Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) of the Na­tional Assem­bly, the ini­tial in­quiries con­ducted by the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion had pointed the fin­ger at for­mer Quar­ter-Master Gen­er­als (QMGs) re­tired Lt-Gen Khalid Mu­nir Khan and re­tired Lt-Gen M. Afzal Muzaf­far; and for­mer di­rec­tor gen­eral NLC re­tired Maj-Gen Khalid Za­heer Akhtar.

On Mon­day, the APG in­formed the Supreme Court that af­ter the latest NAB com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the GHQ, it came to know, for the first time, the ac­tion the army had taken against the of­fi­cers. An army an­nounce­ment on Au­gust 5 dis­closed that re­tired Maj-Gen Khalid Zahir Akhtar had been dis­missed from ser­vice that also en­tails for­fei­ture of rank, dec­o­ra­tions, medals, hon­ours, awards, seizure of pen­sion, re­cov­ery of per­sonal gains, can­cel­la­tion of ser­vice ben­e­fits etc, while re­tired Lt-Gen Afzal Muz­za­far was awarded se­vere dis­plea­sure un­der the Pak­istan Army Act.

Re­tired Lt-Gen Khalid Mu­nir Khan was ex­on­er­ated, and Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer (CFO) Saee­dur Rehman, a civil­ian, was found guilty. The army author­i­ties sug­gested that NAB can ini­ti­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion against the civil­ian Saee­dur Rehman, said the APG. That did not ap­pear to sat­isfy the court, how­ever. It asked the APG why did not NAB pos­sess any record against the army of­fi­cers in the NLC case. Ex­press­ing con­cern, the court asked about any statu­tory law that bars NAB from con­duct­ing par­al­lel in­quiry against the NLC scam ac­cused de­spite the award of pun­ish­ment to the ac­cused by the army author­i­ties.

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