PAC summons Justice Naqvi’s asset details within 15 days
ISLAMABAD ( Web News )
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) — amid the ongoing tug-of-war between the parliament and the judiciary — has directed relevant authorities to produce the asset details of Supreme Court Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi.
The development comes after the National Assembly last week had asked the PAC to carry out a special audit of Justice Naqvi’s accounts and sources of income following corruption allegations against him.
The decision was made at a meeting of the PAC, under the chairmanship of Noor Alam Khan, with 13 out of 14 members voting in favour of summoning the details of the judge’s assets.
Senator Mohsin Aziz — a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf — was the only member who opposed the move.
During the meeting, the committee chairman said he was not ready to let the allegations slide as they were of corruption. “I will not leave this matter alone as it pertains to corruption.”
“I will take action against my sister, daughter, and children if they are involved in corruption,” he said, warning all those members who were not present in today’s meeting that he would issue summons to ensure their attendance.
He also warned the chief secretaries of all the provinces that he would have their warrants issued if they did not appear in the next committee meeting.
The committee chairman asked the Auditor General of Pakistan to investigate the categories of the land that the judge owns and submit a report to him. He directed authorities to submit the travel history of the SC judge.
Further, the committee chairman also directed the National Database and Registration Authority to provide a list to him of the family members of the top court’s judge.
Not only was the PML-N speaking against the judge, but in March, his name surfaced in connection with the recent audio leaks purportedly involving him, former Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi, and others.
A number of references have been filed to date against the top court’s judge for alleged “misconduct” and for allegedly violating “the judicial code of conduct, the Constitution and the law”.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa, the senior most judge of the SC after Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, had also asked the top judge to call a meeting of the SJC to discuss the allegations against Justice Naqvi.