Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan said on Monday that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) failed to prove its control over Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique in the city of Paragon.
The Supreme Court pointed out in a 87-page written judgment in the corruption cases against Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique against Paragon City that there was a discrepancy between the reference document and the investigation report.
The verdict pointed out that unfortunately, 72 years have passed since the establishment of Pakistan, and 47 years have passed since the constitution of Pakistan, but even today, people still have not been granted the rights granted by the constitution.
The Supreme Court pointed out that mocking democratic values, principles of respect, tolerance, transparency and equality, intolerance, nepotism, lying, bullying and self-promotion have become imperatives.
The Supreme Court pointed out that corruption has been deeply entrenched in Pakistani society, while egoism and self-righteousness have taken root in society.
In its judgment, the SC remarked that the accountability laws in the country were used as tools to change the loyalties of politicians, and for “splintering” and “fracturing” political parties.
The Supreme Court, while questioning the NAB s intervention in Paragon City, said in its decision that it was not clear why the anti-graft watchdog had initiated proceedings in the case. The top court further asked if the Bureau received a complaint of non-delivery of plots or something came up in the investigation.
The judgment further added that the NAB’s methods didn’t serve national interests but caused “irretrievable harm to the country, nation and society in multiple ways”.
“The NAB Ordinance from its very inception became increasingly controversial, its image has come under cloud and there is a widespread perception of it being employed as a tool for oppression and victimization of political opponents by those in power,” the judgment read.