ISLAMABAD - Following the Supreme Court order, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has issued show cause notices to its 50 officers for personal hearings in illegal appointments case in the Bureau, The Nation has learnt.

The SC had directed the inquiry committee to submit its report in illegal recruitments case in next two months.

The Bureau has asked 50 officers to appear before the committee along their educational and experience certificates to satisfy the inquiry committee regarding their appointments were made on merit in the NAB.

On March 31, 2017, the SC formed a probe committee headed by former Establishment Division secretary while NAB Director General Human Resource Malik Shakeel and member of Federal Public Service Commission Habibullah Khattak were appointed as members. On the direction of committee, the anti-graft body had issued show cause notices to more than 102 officials, including four DGs, in the illegal appointment cases a few months ago but the inquiry committee could only scrutinise the appointment cases of 52 officers of grade-18 and submitted its report to the SC with the recommendations for further action in this regard.

On October 26, the NAB prosecutor presented the report before SC and informed that the committee reviewed cases of 52 officers out of 102 so far. He said that the process of scrutiny of Bureau’s officers was stopped after the retirement of former secretary Establishment Division.

The SC appointed the incumbent secretary Establishment Division as head of the committee and directed to submit its report in two months.

According to the documents available with The Nation, “with reference to their reply against show cause notices dated 25-04-17 and 26-04-17 in pursuance of judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan dated 31-03-17 in a suo motu case number 13 of 2016, and in accordance with sections 8.02, 8.03 and chapter eleven of NAB TCS, as the case may be, the 50 officers whose names, designations and present places of postings have been given  below are advised to appear for personal hearing as per dates mentioned against each at 2.0pm at the committee room, Establishment Division, Cabinet Secretariat, Islamabad, if they so desire, along with supporting documents, if any, to satisfy the committee”.

The NAB summoned 10 officers, including Naseem Ahmed Khan, NAB Headquarter, Major (Retd) Ghulam Rasool, Shahid Ali Khan, Ghulam Safdar Shah of NAB, Lahore Bureau, Syed Muhhamd Afaq, Balochistan, Rizwan Aziz Siddique, Karachi, Ayaz Ahmed Memon, Sukkur, Naveed Haider Zahid, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Haroon Rashid, Balochistan, Munashar Gulzar, Multan on 6-11-2017.

The Bureau directed Muhammad Tahir, Karachi, Niaz Headquarter, Lt. Col (Retd) Tariq Mehmood Bhatti,  Headquarter, Muhhamd Obaid Ullah Azam,  Lahore,  Muhammad Faheem Qureshi, Headquarter, Muhamad Rafiq Memon, Sukkur, Ahmed Mumtaz Bajwa, Multan, Muhhad Ahtram Dar, Headquarter, Muhammad Amir Butt, Karachi, Tariq Hameed Butt, Karachi to appear before the committee on 07-11-2017

The national anti-corruption watchdog asked Ghazi ur Rehman, Rawalpindi, Izhar Ahmed Awan, HQ, Tariq Aleem HQ, Zahid Hussain Sheikh, HQ, Haroon Rashid, Karachi, Muhammad Imran Butt, Karachi, Mian Muhammad Waqar, KP, Muhammad Ali, Rawalpindi, Ziaullah Khan, Lahore, Muhammad Faisal Qureshi, Balochistan to appear before the inquiry committee on 8-11-2017.

The Bureau also summoned Muddasar Hassan, HQ, Shahzada Imtiaz Ahmed,  Karachi, Nadeem Ahmed Sheikh, Sukkur, Muhammad Mohsin Majeed, HQ, Kaleem Ullah, KP, Muhammad Rizwan Khan, Rawalpindi, Shakeel Anjum HQ, Rafiullah Lahore, Umiar Alsam Khan Rawalpindi, Muhammad Saleem Ahmed, KP for personal hearing on  9-11-17 and other officers Akhtar Ali, KP, Shafqat Mahmood, Karachi, Javeed Ahmed, Karachi, Muhammad Rafi Lahore, Imran Sohail, HQ,  Iyas Qamar, Multa, Muhammad Wasif, Rawalpindi, Rana Muhammad HQ, Abdul Khaliq, Sukkur, Asim Lodhi, HQ  ordered to appear before committee in Establishment Division on10-11-17.      

The apex court had taken a suo motu notice of illegal appointments in the NAB last year and constituted a three-member inquiry committee headed by Syed Tahir Shahbaz with the task to examine the appointments, promotions, deputations, and absorptions made in the bureau since 1999 at every level.

On the recommendations of the committee, the court had declared the appointments of DG Lahore Burhan Ali, DG Quetta Tariq Mehmood, DG Karachi Shabbir Ahmed and DG (Awareness and Prevention) Aliya Rashid as illegal and instructed to sack them. The court had also ordered filling all the four seats in three months through the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC).

In negation of the spirit of Supreme Court’s decision of discouraging illegal appointments, former chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry had again hired the services of two Tariq Mehmood and Burhan Ali out of four sacked DGs as experts for a period of one year on contract.