Brig (Retd) Imtiaz, Adnan A Khawaja arrested

ISLAMAABD: Former chief Intelligence Bureau (IB) Brig (Retd) Imtiaz Ahmad and former chairman NEWTECH and Managing Director (MD) OGDCL Adnan A Khawaja have been arrested from court room under the orders of Supreme Court (SC) and sent to Adiala Jail in implementation of NRO verdict case.

During the hearing of the case, the SC maintained that NRO had been declared void on December, 16 and the sentence terms of both the accused persons stand restored in accumulation of illegal assets case and their acquittal stand annulled automatically in the light of apex court decision. The bails granted to them stand no more now, court added.

A 3-member bench of SC comprising justice Tariq Parvez and justice Ghulam Rabbani and presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the case on implementation of apex court decision on NRO for hearing.

Deputy Prosecutor General NAB Raja Aamir Abbas told the court that Brig (Retd) Imtiaz had been convicted and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and fined 7 million rupees while Adnan A Khawaja had been awarded punishment of 2 years and fined Rs 200000. The court had also disqualified them for holding any public office for 10 years. The sentence period of 3 years and 16 days and 10 months and 22 days are left more against Brig (Retd) Imtiaz and Adnan A Khawaja respectively, he further informed.

The court also rejected the immediate bail plea by Adnan A Khawaja. Deputy Prosecutor General told the court higher authorities of NAB had sought the record in respect of both Brig (Retd) Imtiaz and Adnan A Khawaja.

Secretary establishment division told establishment division had issued notification of Adnan A Khawaja as MD OGDCL as it was not in its knowledge that Adnan Khawaja was ineligible to hold any public office and he was convicted by NAB. Orders regarding his notification had come from above, he told.

“Adnan A Khawaja continued to work as chairman NEWTECH despite nullification of NRO by the SC and later he was appointed as MD OGDCL after accountability court decision while the court had disqualified him for holding public office for 10 years and his conviction had not been quashed . Non arresting Adnan A Khawaja is tantamount to non implementing SC orders”, CJP remarked. Deputy Chairman NAB is also holding his office illegally after court decision, CJP said.

Directing Attorney General (AG) Moulvi Anwar ul Haq, the CJP said under the court’s decision only 10 days were left more with you that permanent chairman be appointed.

NAB prosecutor general presented the record of central jail Rawalpindi in respect of both the accused and told Brig (Retd) Imtiaz had precious property in Islamabad and high court had set September 23 with regard to hearing in this regard.

The court maintained that their bail could not be extended till the filing of new surety bonds and decision on new surety bonds would be taken as per law.

“Brig Sahib you should go to jail”, CJP remarked. “Please allow me two days I will file surety bonds in high court. I can file the surety bonds here if these can be deposited here”, Brig (Retd) Imtiaz said.

“Deposit the surety bonds in the respective court”, CJP said this while reprimanding him. The court issued orders for their arrest from court room and adjourned the hearing till September, 24.

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