Action against 175 politicians in corruption cases stopped
ISLAMABAD: Proceedings in Rs62 billion corruption cases against 175 politicians have been stopped due to a decision by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bukhari.
In a recent media briefing, the NAB chairman said elections were near, so opening political cases, including those of the Sharif brothers, was not a priority.
Sources said before the promulgation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), the accountability courts were hearing cases against about 300 politicians for embezzlement of Rs165 billion.
A recent report of the Transparency International expressed the hope that with the appointment of Admiral (retd) Fasih Bukhari, proceedings in 1,899 pending corruption cases involving Rs1.161 trillion would be expedited.
According to a report of the Auditor General of Pakistan presented in the National Assembly, proceedings in corruption cases against one former prime minister, six former chief ministers, 38 former National Assembly members, 12 former senators and 130 former members of provincial assemblies were going on.
Action against 175 politicians has been stopped because elections are going to be held after around eight months.