Police Arrest Adnan Khawaja, Brig Imtiaz On SC Orders: Islamabad
Police arrested ex-MD of OGDCL Adnan Khawaja along with former head of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Brig (r) Imtiaz from the courtroom on special directive of a three-member bench of Supreme Court on Tuesday.
During the hearing of a suo moto notice, the CJ asked how come a convicted Adnan Kahawaja got appointed in the abovesaid organization? The apex court also ordered seizure of the properties of both the men and rejected Adnan’s bail plea. The court ordered Adnan Khwaja to submit bond challans in the SC while Brig Imtiaz has been asked to submit the money in Lahore High Court within three days.
Both the men have been shifted to Adiala Jail.
It is mention worthy that in the wake of the suo motu notice taken by the apex court and the subsequent revelations in the media, the government annulled the appointment of Adnan Khawaja as OGDCL Chairman, only a day after he assumed the charge. The chief justice said if Mr Khawaja had not completed his sentence, he would again go to jail. Adnan informed the court that he was on bail and his appeal in NRO case was pending before the court. He said he had served as Chairman NAVTEC and worked without pay.
Later, a three-member Supreme Court bench issued notices to Adnan A Khawaja asking him to explain why he assumed two posts – Managing Director Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Chairman NAVTEC – despite the fact that he, as NAB convict, was disqualified to assume such a post. The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing a suo moto notice on the reported appointment of Adnan Khawaja as Chairman OGDCL by the government. The court issued notices to NAB to explain whether Adnan’s appeal had been finally decided by the Islamabad High Court or not. The notices were also issued to the persons who had given sureties in Adnan’s cases, while the Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq was asked to provide the details of payment made to Adnan as Chairman of National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC). Brig (R) Imtiaz Ahmed, former DG ISI, who is also involved in NAB cases was directed to appear in the next hearing. The court directed the Secretary Establishment Division to inform the court on the next hearing, September 21, as why Adnan was appointed on two posts – MD OGDCL and Chairman NAVTEC.
Adnan was convicted in that case with two-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs two lakh. He was also disqualified for a period of ten years from seeking or being elected, chosen, appointed or nominated as member of any public office, any statuary or local authority of government of Pakistan or granted any financial facilities in the form of any loan by any government bank.
Annulling of NRO revived sentences: Justice Tariq
Talking to Dunya News Justice Tariq Mehmood said that the striking down of NRO by the Supreme Court has revived all the cases including that of Adnan Khawaja’s and Brig Imtiaz. He said that their sentences would stay intact until court decides their subjudice appeals in this regard. Justice Tariq said that the SC would take action against all the NRO beneficiaries.
SC wants implementation of its rulings: SM Zafar
Legal expert Advocate SM Zafar, while talking to Dunya News said that the apex court ordered the arrests to get its ruling implemented in which the government has been badly failed.
He maintained that the decision has been taken on merit. Replying to a question, he said that both the men would be bailed only after submission of bail challans. He said that delay in the implementation of SC ruling would harm the incumbent government.
Govt’s delaying tactics caused arrests: Khalid Ranjha
Legal Expert Khalid Rnjha, while talking to Dunya TV said that the government has been using delaying tactics vis-a-vis implementation of Supreme Court orders in NRO case. He said that the judiciary and executive have never enjoyed harmonious terms. He said that the government would have saved its face had it implemented the court rulings.
Respect of law vital for progress: Justice Nasira
Talking on the issue, Justice Nasira Javed Iqbal told Dunya TV that unless the SC orders implementation in letter and spirit, no progress is possible. She said that the law should be respected by all, and added that the delay in the implementation of court orders caused disappointment in masses who regret their votes. She said that perks should be withdrawn from all those people who benefited under the NRO and they should also complete their sentences.