The Supreme Court on Monday observed that officials were being sacrificed to save skins of influential authorities in the government.

A seven-judge bench comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Athar Saeed, resumed hearing of the suo motu case regarding progress on NRO related cases.

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa reprimanding Shaiq Usmani, counsel for chairman NAB said that he found something concealed in the reports submitted by NAB as it was a general practice to make officers scapegoats to save influential personalities.

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa observed that the report was utterly unsatisfactory and unfair. "No one is above law, how high an authority might be, the law is higher above you," he added.

He said that they had kept pending the contempt proceedings against the chairman NAB and asked Shaiq Usmani not to force them to that extent.

He remarked that deliberate efforts were made to hide facts.

"It should be clear that no individual will rule this country, only rule of law will prevail," he added.

The bench directed the National Accountability Bureau to submit its progress report till May 3 over its direction regarding progress on implementation of National Reconciliation Ordinance verdict.

The bench directed NAB to take positive steps for repatriation of Malik Qayyum, former attorney general, and also apprise it about the respond of the Pakistan Embassy in United Kingdom.

The bench also sought all relevant record of the statements of persons accused in cases of Adnan A. Khawja and Ahmed Riaz Sheikh, two beneficiaries of NRO.

Shaiq Usmani, counsel for chairman NAB, appeared and submitted a report regarding investigation into these two cases.

He apprised that the inquiry in these cases had been upgraded into investigation and with availability of tangible evidences, the Authority would submit the cases before the Court of law.

To bench's inquiry, he said that they had sent a letter to Prime Minister seeking his response over appointment of Adnan A. Khawaja as chairman OGDCL, which was denied by his principal secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari.

About Malik Qayyum's case, Shaiq replied that he was currently being treated in UK for his kidneys disease. He was summoned again and again and a questionnaire was sent to him, he added.

He informed that from the response it was revealed that he had not taken back Swiss cases on instruction of Federation.

He said that they had also sent a letter to Pakistan Embassy in UK and its response was not yet received.

Dr Abdul Basit, counsel for Adan A. Khawaja and Ahmed Riaz Sheikh, rose up and objected to proceedings against his clients.

Attorney general for Pakistan Irfan Qadir also brought attention of the bench to its observation and said that one particular channel had started running tickers.

He said that respect of all national institutions like NAB and Prime Minister' House should be protected.