NAB chairman reviews progress on mega corruption cases

LAHORE:National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday

reviewed the progress on mega corruption cases particularly housing sector cases including

Aashiana Iqbal, Paragon City, Pak Arab Housing Society and Eden Housing scam.

During his visit to NAB Regional Office here, the NAB chairman also reviewed the progress

on references against former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz, Salman

Shehbaz and others pertaining to telegraphic transfer scandal, references against Mir Shakeelur

Rehman and Ramzan Sugar Mills, filed in the accountability courts by the NAB.

NAB Director General Lahore Shehzad Saleem along with combined investigation teams,

briefed Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal about corruption cases, references and direct and indirect

recoveries made by the NAB Lahore during last four years.

The NAB chairman was briefed that recoveries of Rs 88 billion in 45 cases were made possible

by NAB Lahore during October 2017 to uptil now, out of which recoveries around Rs 10 billion

in 22 cases were of direct recoveries while Rs 78 billions were recovered in 23 other cases

as indirect recoveries.

Addressing the officers, Javed Iqbal said that NAB was a national institution which was working

to eliminate the corruption from the country as per the Constitution, adding that the Bureau’s

steps and actions against corruption were widely appreciated by national and international bodies.

He said the NAB would continue its efforts against corruption as per merit without succumbing

any pressure, and negative propaganda into consideration.

Javed Iqbal said that NAB had no affiliation with any political party or group, however the

Bureau would always strive for the protection of national and peoples’ interests.

He also directed the NAB lawyers to include relevant and evidence loaded witnesses in courts

so that references could be concluded speedily in time.