Peshawar: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been given two more months to produce a detailed report on its investigations into alleged irregularities in the Bank of Khyber recruitment, Billion Tree Tsunami afforestation programme, and Malam Jabba ski resort land lease by the Peshawar High Court on Tuesday.
The next hearing in a pro bono petition filed by Dr Adil Zareef, Maimoona Noor, and four other civil society members seeking a declaration that the NAB had failed to take action on ‘irregularities’ in several prominent projects of the provincial government has been set for December 8 by a bench consisting of Justice Roohul Amin Khan and Justice Syed M Attique Shah.
The petitioners stated that the NAB was selectively holding people accountable and had placed all cases against members of the ruling PTI on hold.
They asked the court to declare that the NAB failed to perform its duties in cases involving the former KP Ehtesab Commission, alleged corruption in the Billion Tree Tsunami project, alleged illegal appointments to the Bank of Khyber (BOK), and irregularities in the Malam Jabba ski resort lease, and that the failure was arbitrary and illegal.
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They went on to say that investigations into other regions were ongoing, and that time would be needed to provide reports. The two investigations were also conducted into BOK recruitment, with the results being given to NAB headquarters for consideration in deciding whether or not to file a reference.
They also wanted to schedule time to write a report on the Malam Jabba property lease dispute. The petitioners’ counsel argued that the NAB had made little headway in the Billion Tree Tsunami and BOK cases.
The petition’s respondents are the Pakistani Federation through its law secretary and interior secretary, the National Accountability Bureau through its chairman, the NAB executive board through its chairman, and the NAB KP through its director-general.