Petition filed to stop Fasih Bokhari from working as NAB chief
LAHORE: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday requesting it to stop Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari from working as chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), DawnNews reported.
The petition, filed in the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry, argued that in spite of rampant corruption in the country amounting to billions of rupees, the NAB chairman had failed to take necessary action.
Petitioner Shumail Paracha added that Bokhari was in fact working to cover up the corruption and hence should be stopped from working as chairman of the bureau.
The petition comes nearly a week after Kamran Faisal, an officer of the NAB investigating the rental power projects (RPP) scam, was found dead in his room under mysterious circumstances.
Faisal was investigating the scam under ‘pressure’ and had recently requested the Supreme Court to exclude him from the case in which Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had been nominated as one of the accused.
Moreover, in 2012, the Supreme Court had issued a show cause notice to Bokhari seeking an explanation why he should not be arraigned under contempt charges for not implementing its ruling in the RPP case.
Bokhari, a former chief of Pakistan Navy, was formally notified as NAB chairman in Oct 2011 despite objections raised by the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) that the legal process required by the Constitution had not been followed in his nomination for the post.
Bokhari is a retired four-star naval officer who served as Chief of Naval Staff from 1997 to 1999.
He is a graduate from the French Naval War College and served on several high posts during his tenure in the Pakistan Navy.