Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardrai along with other high profiles likely to be placed on ECL
Following the recent ruling by the Supreme Court, which nullified the amendments to NAB laws, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has opted to resume investigations into a significant number of individuals, numbering around 80, which includes prominent figures such as former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. NAB may also place all such high profile people on Exit Control List till finalizing the cases.
In light of this development, the NAB authorities took the initiative to approach the Islamabad accountability court, officially communicating their intention to reopen cases against the aforementioned 80 individuals. It is expected that the NAB will furnish the relevant case records to the accountability court within the next couple of days.
These pivotal decisions were reached during an emergency meeting convened by the NAB, which took place on Thursday. The primary objective of the meeting was to deliberate and strategize the implementation of the Supreme Court's verdict handed down just the previous week.
Sources privy to the situation have disclosed that all pertinent case documentation will be meticulously compiled and subsequently presented before the Islamabad accountability court. This meticulous approach underscores the gravity and significance of the cases in question.
Notably, this landmark ruling by the apex court has led to the revival of several high-profile cases involving influential figures, including former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Yousuf Raza Gilani. The ramifications of this decision are significant and far-reaching.
Among the individuals facing the prospect of reopened cases are former president Asif Ali Zardari, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah, former finance minister Ishaq Dar, former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani, and former National Assembly speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf. Their legal fates now hang in the balance as these cases are brought back to the forefront.
Importantly, the resurgence of cases such as Asif Zardari's fake account case and Raja Pervez Ashraf's rental power plant case signifies a pivotal juncture in their legal battles. Furthermore, the cases concerning Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, and Yousaf Raza Gillani, regarding their retention of cars gifted by foreign states and dignitaries instead of depositing them in the Toshakhana, are also slated for reopening, adding layers of complexity to their legal predicaments.