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NAB’s sacked official still enjoying perks, privileges

Supreme court pakistanISLAMABAD: Despite removal from the office of prosecutor general of the National Accountability Bureau a month ago, Irfan Qadir is still enjoying all perks and privileges of the post and carrying out official work in his government accommodation in Islamabad, Dawn has learnt.

Mr Qadir, whose appointment as NAB’s prosecutor general was declared ‘illegal’ by the Supreme Court on Sept 1, is still residing in the official residence, No. 29 near Kohsar Market in F-6/3, and using official car (registration No. GV 074) with driver and security guards.

A source in the NAB said Mr Qadir held meetings with some officials of the bureau at his official residence and discussed with them cases, especially those reopened after scrapping of the National Reconciliation Ordinance. He said the officials sought instructions from Mr Qadir about how to pursue the cases during his absence from the NAB headquarters.

The apex court in its order had declared appointment of Javed Qazi and Irfan Qadir as NAB’s acting chairman and prosecutor general illegal and ruled that all their orders would stand ‘null and void’. The court also directed the NAB to present the list of decisions they had taken during their tenure.

According to sources, the top hierarchy of the bureau is still under an impression that Mr Qadir is the serving prosecutor general.

Sources in the NAB said Mr Qadir had protection of NAB’s Deputy Chairman Javed Qazi because without his consent no parks and privileges could be provided to a removed official.

A NAB spokesman, Sheraz Latif, expressed ignorance about violations of Supreme Court’s orders but agreed that Mr Qadir was still enjoying official facilities.

The bureau’s Director General (Administration), Col (retd) Khursheed Alam, agreed that Mr Qadir was enjoying official facilities, but denied that he was doing any official work at his residence.

“According to the services rules, he can retain his official residence till six months after his service,” the DG said.

The official, however, did not realise that Mr Qadir had not completed his service in normal circumstances, but had been removed by the court after declaring his appointment ‘unlawful’.

“Mr Qadir cannot use his official residence, car and other facilities,” another senior official of the NAB said.

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