Pak's anti-corruption body NAB drops all corruption cases against politicians

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Islamabad, Nov 14 : In what could be described as a major development, the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan's apex anti-corruption organization with the responsibility of eliminating corruption, has reportedly dropped all corruption cases against politicians, both the government and the opposition.

But, it is still working on 3336 cases involving embezzlement of more than Rs 170 billion, reported The News.

Despite the fact that corruption cases involving over Rs 500 billion were dumped under the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), the NAB has still a vital role to play, if the government allows it, added the paper.

According to the paper, "besides the NRO, political pressure has also forced the NAB not to touch cases involving corruption of about Rs 200 billion, including the recent JUI-F land scam in DI Khan."

The NAB, which used to launch probes even on newspaper stories like that on the Bank of Punjab scam last year, is now inactive in the case of the JUI-F scam and other such reported cases. The process of accountability has, for all practical purposes, come to a standstill, said the paper.

The NAB, after its creation in 2000, was widely accused of carrying out selected accountability by only targeting the anti-Musharraf political forces. Many cases undertaken by the NAB also proved the fact that this top accountability bureau worked under the guidelines and pressure of the then-military dictator only.

Official documents show that the NAB has recovered and deposited in the national exchequer an amount of more than Rs 225 billion of looted money in about eight years. It is yet another disclosure that this organisation has received for its expenses a total amount of Rs 4.6 billion from the date of its creation to date.

ANI

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