Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Ali Haider Zaidi has written an open letter to the Chairman National Accountability Burea (NAB) Major (Retd) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry with reference to the Panama Case and NAB’s role.
During the case hearing on February 22, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh gave remarks that “NAB died before us yesterday.”
The apex bench raised question over the accountability bureau thatif the allegations in Hudiabiya case were wrong then why it is to be reluctant from the case and if they were right then why NAB allowed to bury the case.
Zaidi, keeping NAB role in contest, wrote that the Supreme Court’s remarks over NAB were enough to show it the real face and make some one ashamed of oneself. He stated that the NAB was being the guard of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s corruption and took the country to the state where majority had no access to basic rights.
Letter by Ali Haider Zaidi
“It was plain disgusting to see you express your inability or unwillingness to do your job and take serious action against the ruling elite of this country. I was present in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) that ill-fated day during the Panama case hearing when the bench summoned you. Anyone with an iota of a conscience would have resigned immediately when an Honorable Judge of the Supreme Court remarked that “NAB had passed away for us today.But you are still around,” letter read.
“What is the point of NAB bragging about an over 70% conviction rate when you have a sheepish attitude towards taking on the ruling family? If the corrupt elements of the ruling elite become “Untouchables” similar to the notorious American gangster Al Capone, then elimination or substantial reduction of corruption in this society is just a pipe dream.” wrote Zaidi.
“You pocket a hefty salary from the government kitty, funded by this poor nation’s taxpayers. But your pathetic responses first to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly and then to the SCP bench showed that you are incapable to do your job; or should we assume part and parcel of this corrupt system. Instead of serving the nation, you have only done your job as a court jester of Raiwind,” Zaidi slammed.
“Your job is to catch financial “terrorists” and punish them. Not striking plea bargain deals with those who possess illegal funds like Mushtaq Raisani. While corruption continues to seep into our society, mega projects continue to generate kickbacks and commissions, NAB under your shameless leadership continues to turn a blind eye. The joke now is that NAB now stands for National Acquittal Bureau ; A Laundromat to clean corrupt politicians and government officials,” PTI’s member stated.
Zaidi wrote: “People are dying of hunger, kids do not have access to education, 30% of our population is suffering from stunted growth; do these facts not give you sleepless nights? Does it not bother you once that this is all due to the daylight robbery that you and your institution are protecting?”
“Since the creation of Pakistan, corruption has been prevalent but nothing substantial is done to fight this menace. To refresh your memory and maybe re-awaken your conscience, I suggest to you to read Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s August 11, 1947 address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan where he mentions the curse of corruption and urges the assembly to take adequate measures. The matter of corrupt practices was so important to the Father of the Nation that he spoke about it as the second issue in his speech,” stated Zaidi.
PTI’s member said: “As Chairman NAB, you have failed miserably to fulfill your responsibilities and added to the public’s cynicism towards democracy and politicians. Fighting corruption is not just good governance but it’s self-defence and patriotism in its purest form.”