Mr. Maqbool’s Letter to NAB

This is serious. This is so serious that I don’t need to do anything else but to re produce it. Mr Maqbool Khan has raised some very serious questions regarding NAB’s sincerity with the cause in daily DAWN Where ever you see/ hear any NAB official boasting about NAB’s performance, you can humbly give him a piece of Mr. Maqbool’s letter in public or privately.

NAB commemorated anti-corruption day on Dec 9. The intent was to create public awareness against corruption. Several high-profile cases which surfaced during the last seven years are among those that NAB has overlooked, perhaps because they don’t fall under its definition of corruption. They include:

a. The dubious sale of Pakistan Steel Mills at a throwaway price. The key players of this scandal were cabinet committee for privatization headed by the prime minister and high-ups of the privatisation commission. The Supreme Court is to be congratulated for annulling this deal.

b. The clandestine sale of expensive railway land, especially the Railway Golf Club in Lahore, using under-the-table means during the tenure of Lt-Gen (r ) Qazi Jawad Ashraf, the then railways minister. The purchase of substandard railway engines by him is yet another sad chapter of the corruption book. Siddique-ul-Farooq of the PML-N had lodged a formal complaint with NAB a long time ago with documentary evidence.

c. Grave misuse of funds meant for victims of human rights abuse by the law minister, Wasi Zafar. An additional secretary was made to suffer for not obeying these illegal orders of her minister.

d. Proof of corruption cases against Islam Shiekh, a PML-Q stalwart and ex-minister of Sindh, and the involvement of the Chaudhry brothers in the land mafias of Lahore.

One would also like to know what circumstances compelled NAB to halt the inquiry halfway they started against the sugar mill owners who happened to be cabinet members and bigwigs belonging to the king’s party. This scandal had directly affected 150 million of Pakistan.

Unless the guilty in the above high-profile cases are not brought to justice, NAB has no justification for holding any so-called anti-corruption day events and seminars in posh hotels.


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4 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    makes me sad!! :( the world bank reforms part are the hardest ones to imply in pakisan specifically due to puckin corruption

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    (a) in Pakistan Steel Mills matter the prime minister and high-ups of the privatization commission were involved so it was offlimits for NAB
    PM is above all rules as long as he wags his tail behind the dictator
    (b) Lt-Gen Jawad Ashraf Qazi was Mush’s senior during his days in PMA(Pak military Academy) and saved his neck from a court-martial that could have been a nail in the coffin for Mush career( as stated by Mush in his book) … so Mush will be grateful to him all his life and he can loot Pakistan as much as he wants..

    (c) Wasi Zafar is quite a chracter him self… just listen to any of his statement in the media and you’ll figure out what kind of person he is…

    (d) whole of sindh government stand on coalition and files from NAB cases… DG ISI and Mush’s confidant Tariq Aziz come to karachi to settle and threaten to open files of any one who doesn’t fall in line…
    Chaudhry brothers are the corruption king at the moment so its useless to say anything about them…

    Mr Maqbool also forgot to mention the ministers in federal cabinet(the largest cabinet) who have cases pending in NAB while they’ve been awarded important ministries… and even then they refuse to relent , they’re still involved in corruption in their respective portfolios …

  3. nomi (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

    I believe that just like every good medicine intended to cure a disease but backfires and creates adverse reaction after its expiry date, NAB also reached its expiry date only after a couple of years of its inception.

  4. MB (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    Well Said Nomi. A Good relation between medicine & NAB.

    I frankly doubt if NAB was ever for the corrupt. I think it was to make sure Musharraf can keep a check on anyone he wants to in Pakistan apart from the ARMY obviously with they being the b-default GODs here.

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