CJP instructs disposal of pending NAB references in three months

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Wednesday ordered the formation of 120 new accountability courts for early disposal of pending cases.
The chief justice while hearing a case directed Law Secretary to constitute 120 new accountability courts with the appointment of judges after directives from relevant authorities.
He also directed for decisions on all pending references of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) within three months.
The top judge expressed immense displeasure over the NAB’s performance and said that NAB cases were supposed to be solved in 30 days but have been pending for 20 years.
“Is the bureau is serious in enforcement of its law? Why references are not being decided? 1226 references have been pending,” he remarked. The decisions on these 1226 references perhaps will take a century, the chief justice said.
He instructed NAB chairman that all pending corruption references and inquiries must be solved in three months. He said the delay in the early decision of references was defeating the core objective behind the NAB law.
The court summoned the Attorney General, Prosecutor General NAB and the Federal Secretary Law in the next hearing of the case. It also called for recommendations from the Chairman NAB for early decision on the pending accountability references.
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