Top Pakistani political leadership emerges out to be main beneficiary of NAB amendment
Many political leaders, including Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, Asif Ali Zardari, Raja Pervez Ashraf, and Shaukat Tareen, have benefited from the government's amendments to the laws of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
However, many politicians and bureaucrats also benefited from the amendments made during former prime minister Imran Khan’s government.
On the order of the Supreme Court (SC), NAB submitted a detailed 137-page report, which listed the beneficiaries of the amendments.
According to the report, among the beneficiaries of the amendments made in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government are Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, his son Hamza Shahbaz, former president Asif Zardari, his close associates Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, Raja Parvez Ashraf, Shaukat Tarin Yusuf Raza Gilani, Senator Abdul Qadir, Farzana Raja, Senator Rubina Khalid, Senator Yusuf Baloch, Saleem Mandviwalla, former provincial minister Rehmat Ali, Asfand Yar Khan Kakar, and former Punjab Assembly speaker Sibtain Khan.
It also noted the names of Nawab Aslam Raisani and Lashkari Raisani in the same list. The cases of Kakar and Arbab Alamgir were either closed or sent to NAB.
Moreover, in the Toshakhana reference, due to the request of former prime minister Gilani, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was a co-accused in this reference, also benefitted from this.
Apart from them, dozens of bureaucrats also benefited from the so-called reforms.
On the other hand, among those who benefited from the NAB amendments brought during Imran’s tenure, Gilani, Ashraf, Saifullah Bangash, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, Liaquat Jatoi, General (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi, General (retd) Saeed Zafar, Major General Hamid Hasan former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi Nawab and Raisani are the notable names. Many government officials also benefited from the amendments brought during this period and their cases were closed.
It should be noted that in the NAB amendments case, the apex court had asked the anti-corruption body for the details of the beneficiaries of the amendments brought during the previous government and the current government.