ISLAMABAD - In an apparent bid to save Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and ex-president Asif Ali Zardari, the NAB has provided incomplete information about their cases in its amended report to the court.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance of the court order submitted the amended list, which includes three additional columns i.e. Date of Complaint Received, Complaint Verification (CV), and Date of Completion (or deadline set for completion of investigation).

When asked why these columns in the cases of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari have not been filled properly, NAB spokesman told The Nation that he may be able to provide this information after talking to the relevant officials.

He informed that after assuming post of chairman, NAB Chairman Qamar-uz-Zaman toured all the regional offices of the bureau. As there are 1,130 cases pending in the NAB, the chairman therefore ordered to develop a mechanism to complete investigation in 10 months. In first two months the officials have to verify the complaint, while four months were allocated for inquiry and another four months for investigation.

The amended report presented to the court did not provide information when complaint was registered against Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for misuse of authority in construction of road from Raiwind to Sharif family house involving misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs125.6 million.

It also is unclear who had given information about misappropriation of funds, as in the column of ‘Name of Complainant’ there is written ‘an informer gave information’. The ‘complaint verification’ column has been left blank, but the next column says that direct investigation authorised and it would be completed by September 30, 2015. In another case against Nawaz Sharif, the report says that complaint was filed by Major-General (r) M H Ansari for illegal appointments in FIA through misuse of power, the date of case registration is 22-3-99 and ‘Date of Completion (DOC)’ of investigation is 30-9-15.

According to the report, a case against former President Asif Ali Zardari was filed on ‘source report’. The allegations against PPP co-chairman are that he has assets worth Rs22 billion and $1.5 billion beyond know sources of income.

The report contains 150 mega scams, 50 of them are of financial, 50 related to land and 50 of abuse of official position by public office holders.

The report mentioned that reference against former Prime Ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf was filed on the Supreme Court direction in appointment of Ogra chairman Tauqir Sadiq on 25-11-2011 and investigation completed on January 26, 2013.

Former caretaker prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi also figure in the list of alleged illegal beneficiaries for misusing their authority to misappropriate Rs2.4 billion.

Former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, PPP Senator Sehar Kamran, and ex-information minister Firdous Ashiq Awan are also facing investigations for misuse of authority in recruitments but the size of the corruption has not yet been determined by NAB.

Meanwhile, Shahid Orakzai had filed a contempt petition under Article 204 of Constitution against National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for holding press conference and threatening the NAB chairman. He said that the speaker is not authorised to make any statement on behalf of the assembly by holding press conferences.