NAB to probe Pervez Musharraf’s disproportionate assets and misuse of authority

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzzam Raza Tabassam: The National Accountability Bureau today approved a probe into former president Pervez Musharraf’s disproportionate assets and misuse of authority. Musharraf also faces high treason charges in Pakistan.

A few months later, the special court had declared him a proclaimed offender and ordered the confiscation of his property owing to his no-show.

The former army chief was indicted in the case in March 2014 after he appeared before the court and rejected all charges. On March 18, 2016, the former president left Pakistan for Dubai for medical treatment after his name was removed from the Exit Control List on the orders of the Supreme Court.

The NAB chairman, retired Justice Javed Iqbal, also ordered investigations against various current and former officials, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif, for making these claims against the former Army chief.

On February 9, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had redefined NAB’s powers, allowing the bureau to investigate ex-military men, especially retired generals, and directed it to investigate Musharraf, who some claim ruled Pakistan undemocratically between 1999 and 2008.

The petitioner in the case claims that Musharraf, as chief of the army staff as well as the president of Pakistan had violated his oath.

The NAB will investigate if there’s any such oath and if it’s really worth the hassle to check if it was ever violated.

The NAB will also investigate whether if Musarraf’s rule was indeed undemocratic, and if anyone gave a flying rat’s backside if any rule is undemocratic.

The anti-graft watchdog also approved a probe into Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Moonis Elahi’s corruption and an offshore company, as his name had appeared in the Panama Papers, according to a notification issued earlier today.

Elahi had appeared before NAB earlier this year along with all his financial records. He had remained at the NAB headquarters for around an hour.

Recently, NAB initiated inquiries against politicians whose names had appeared in the Panama Papers after the Supreme Court, in November last year, sent notices to it and the federal government seeking progress reports on action taken against Pakistanis named in the Panama Papers.

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