Nine-day UK trip: At Supreme Court we do not see who is on whose side: Justice Nisar

Stresses across the board accountability

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Staff Report

LONDON

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has said there is no way forward except for accountability without discrimination.

In an interview to a private TV channel in London, the chief justice said people paid taxes from their hard-earned money, therefore, they could not allow anyone to loot and plunder in Pakistan.

He inquired how and why money went outside the country.

Who is at fault in this matter? Can anyone give a reply? Justice Nisar remarked.

He held “we have taken several steps for bringing back money to Pakistan. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the State Bank and the Finance Division are investigating the matter.”

Justice Nisar stated that a team had been set up under State Bank governor to bring back the money to Pakistan from abroad.

This team will present its report next week.

He went on to say that there is room for improvement in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s laws, and legislature will have to take steps on this count.

“We are in contact with NAB chairman and we bother him too,” he said.

The CJP remarked “whenever I come to know about any unjust step, I offer comment on it too”.

Under the protocol signed with Britain, countless information about Pakistanis holding properties have become available.

Justice Nisar continued, “Pakistanis who own properties in Britain were not sharing details. I had selected 15 Pakistanis who own properties in Britain of which seven appeared before the court and further investigations in this regard are under way.”

Stressing the need for across the board accountability, the chief justice said, “In the Supreme Court, we do not see who is on whose side and we only see the law.”

He held, “I am thinking of forming a bench to keep a watch on the money spent from the dam fund so they cannot be used for any other purpose.”

Justice Nisar called his experience of fundraising as the best.

He appreciated overseas Pakistan saying they demonstrated love for Pakistan by participating in the fundraising.