Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) of 1999, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has chosen to reinstate over 81 corruption cases involving leading politicians. This list includes figures such as Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari. The apex court’s judgment precipitated the decision, which identified the number of cases and the money at stake. Notably, the court’s decision came with a 2-1 majority. As highlighted in the NAB’s report, the law’s modifications had previously benefited leaders from almost every major political party. Consequently, numerous references made by NAB to accountability courts were impacted.
In total, 598 references have been returned. A high-level NAB meeting determined that cases affected by the NAO amendment would be resubmitted to the accountability courts, aiming for an expedited hearing process. This decision will result in reopening cases such as those against Dar, Zardari, and the notorious Toshakhana vehicle case, among others.
Pending Cases at NAB Lahore
Despite the Supreme Court’s explicit directive to dismiss accountability amendments and forward essential cases to the accountability courts, several cases under NAB Lahore’s jurisdiction remain unresolved. Noteworthy cases yet to be presented in court include the Ramzan Sugar Mills reference involving former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Paragon reference against Khawaja Saad Rafiq, and the reference regarding illegal mineral reserve contracts in Chiniot. Other cases awaiting action include illegal recruitment at Punjab University and the Punjab Youth Festival reference, all of which are still pending the Supreme Court’s mandate.