ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday was directed to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation team next month in an inquiry launched on charges of corruption and possessing assets beyond means, according to the official notice sent to Rehman’s residence in Dera Ismail Khel.
The notice was looking into the former lawmaker in issues “regarding corruption and corrupt practices/accumulation of assets beyond means”. It called upon the JUI-F chief to appear before Combined Investigation Team (CIT) at NAB’s regional office on October 1 at 11 am to “record your statement/plea in the subject inquiry”.
The summons also said that failure to fulfil with the notice may entail penal consequences as per the Schedule of NAO, 1999.
NAB chairman (r) Justice Javed Iqbal had approved the “authorisation of inquiry” against Rehman and others on September 14 according to a letter sent to an additional director of NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). An authorisation letter signed by Iqbal on September 18 was also forwarded to NAB KP for necessary action.
The development comes two days after Fazl’s JUI-F, along with other major opposition parties, held the All Parties Conference (APC) where they announced the launching the Pakistani Democratic Movement (PDM) and its three-phased anti-government plan to oust the incumbent government.
Like many other similar incidents, the opposition is accusing NAB of launching a witch hunt. The government denies the allegations, saying the bureau is independent and its chairman was appointed by the opposition parties themselves.
Last month, NAB’s KP office had issued a similar notice to a younger brother of Rehman, who is an officer of the provincial government, directing him to appear before a CIT in an inquiry launched on multiple charges, including possessing illegal assets.