Arsalan/Riaz case: NAB chairman to head broad-based inquiry team


ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to constitute a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Arslan Iftikhar-Malik Riaz case after it received a letter from Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP).

A senior NAB official said that NAB had received a letter from the office of Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Irfan Qadir on Friday. According to the letter, the NAB has been asked to form a JIT and launch investigations into Arsalan Iftikhar-Malik Riaz case.

He said that Chairman NAB Admiral Fasih Bokhari (retd) had decided to constitute a JIT comprising officers of NAB, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), police and experts from Banking and Legal sectors to investigate the case. Chairman NAB will head the JIT, he said.

The Supreme Court had taken a suo motu notice of the scandal and directed in its order dated June 14, 2012 to the federal government to take a necessary action against Arsalan Iftikhar, Malik Riaz and his son-in-law Salman.

Former Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz had accused Arsalan Iftikhar of receiving Rs340 million from him promising favorable verdicts in cases against Bahria Town pending within the Supreme Court.

It is pertinent to mention here that the NAB Chairman said in a statement issued earlier that Arsalan/Riaz case was a case between two individuals and had no financial implications on the national exchequer. It seems that it does not come under the NAB Ordinance, according to him. “Anyhow, he ordered his legal team to look into the matter in case of registration of a complaint with NAB the case will be dealt with on merit under the provisions of NAO 1999,” the official said.