ISLAMABAD - Doubting the impartiality of Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), son of Chief Justice of Pakistan Arsalan Iftikhar has allegedly cautioned the bureau to halt the process of initiating inquiry against him on the application of property tycoon Malik Riaz and by doing so the Bureau would be overstepping its jurisdiction as well as violating the NAB Ordinance.

The counsel of Arsalan Iftikhar, Sardar Muhammad Ishaq Khan warned National Accountability Bureau to immediately halt the process as it is beyond its jurisdiction and by doing so they would not only be violating the NAB Ordinance governing its working but the department would also be violating the direction of the Supreme Court.

Also terming the direction of the Attorney General of Pakistan to NAB Chairman Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari to constitute a Joint Investigation Team, to probe this high profile case as illegal and malicious, the counsel of Arsalan Iftikhar warned the bureau not act against the law as it would be in sheer violation of the direction of the apex court passed in this connection.

The six page letter written by Sardar Muhammad Ishaq Khan, counsel of Arsalan Iftikhar, cited various Sections of NAB Ordinance 1999, wherein he tried to establish the direction of Attorney General of Pakistan to constitute a Joint Investigation team comprising officer of Islamabad Police, FIA and NAB to probe the controversy between Arsalan Iftikhar and property tycoon Malik Riaz, as having no legal authority and beyond the purview of NAB which could not take up such a task.

The counsel of Arsalan demanded of Chairman NAB to stop proceedings against his client as it was beyond the jurisdiction of the department and in case the process of constituting Joint Invesigation Team under NAB is not stopped forthwith Arsalan Iftikhar would reserve the right of moving the court against this illegal process.

Sources aware of the development taking place on this front informed The Nation that to make the process of investigation into Arsalan Iftikhar-Malik Riaz case more transparent, Fasih Bokhari has included banking and legal experts in the JIT besides the proposed Islamabad Police and FIA investigators.

It is pertinent to mention here that on the request of Chairman NAB Islamabad Police and FIA had already given the names of their officers who would join the JIT and a formal announcement of JIT would be announced in the next couple of days to initiate the probe in the light of the directions given by the apex court.

When the opinion of legal experts was sought on the whole affair, they said that the move on part of Arsalan Iftikhar would be just to halt the inquiry and the letter written to Chairman NAB would help them at some later stage if the findings of the JIT would come against him then they would have the option of moving the court against the findings of the JIT probe.

Arsalan doubts NAB chief’s impartiality