Shahzad Saleem made DG NAB Lahore, again – Pakistan

• Several cases were brought up during Shehbaz’s previous tenure.
• Marriyum says government is not afraid of anti-corruption watchers

Islamabad: In a significant move, on Friday the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) appointed Lahore’s Director General (DG) once again, almost four months after Shahzad Saleem was fired.

Saleem was active with Sharifs during his final tenure as NAB Lahore Secretary General from April 2017 to December 2021.

Interestingly, the change in the NAB’s hierarchy came shortly after the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders made a statement against the anti-corruption watchdog and said the ordinance should be amended to prevent the country from indulging. at political sacrifices.

PML-N president and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi even said that “the NAB should be shut down”.

During Saleem’s final tenure, several cases were brought against incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, including cases involving Saaf Pani, Ashiyana housing planning and money laundering.

When contacted, government spokesman Marriyum Aurangzeb said he is not afraid of the NAB as it has proven nothing against opposition leaders, including Shehbaz Sharif, despite four years of busy efforts and twisting arms.

She argued that state agencies had complained to the new government against the NAB, and that the NAB had stopped working because of undue pressure from the NAB.

Shahzad Saleem was assigned to DG in Lahore, NAB, replacing Jameel Ahmed, who was transferred to NAB headquarters, taking on the role of DG Awareness and Prevention.

An anti-corruption watchdog, on the other hand, claimed that Salim had been appointed Lahore’s DG because Jamil Ahmed asked NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal to remove him from Lahore for personal and health reasons.

Ahmed said in his letter: Needless to say, my family of daughter, wife and 13 year old son needs me to be in Islamabad to support and facilitate them in their daily life. What’s more, my age and health make it impossible for me to live alone, away from my family.”

“Considering the approval of the appointment summary by the PM Secretariat, I have also informed the relevant PM Office that I cannot continue to serve in Lahore,” he added.

Jameel Ahmed replaced Shahzad Saleem as DG for Lahore NAB in December 2021.

According to NAB Lahore, the regional headquarters closed a Pleavagen deal worth Rs 14.6 billion between April 2017 and December 2021, with a recovery of Rs 3.63 billion in 2021.

NAB Lahore said it had recovered Rs 80.85 billion on indirect paybacks over the past four years.

Similarly, the bureau also made a total of 708 arrests in various cases of corruption over the same period, reflecting a 125% annual increase over the arrest of 1,073 defendants in the last 16 years.

Prosecutors have filed corruption allegations worth Rs 53.08 billion over the past 16 years, while filing references to corruption estimated at Rs 84.53 billion.

NAB, Lahore, also submitted a reference material covering Rs 6.135 billion in 2021.

Over the past four years, NAB Lahore’s conviction rate has remained at 74% in 2021, 78% in 2020, 70% in 2019, 83% in 2018 and 72% in 2017.

Posted at Serb on April 16, 2022