The chief of Pakistan's anti-graft watchdog has resigned, apparently due to
pressure from the Supreme Court to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in
connection with two corruption cases, sources said today.
"National Accountability Bureau Chairman Fasih Bokhari has called it a day and
submitted his resignation to President Asif Ali Zardari," a source privy to the
development told PTI.
"A series of events that landed NAB in hot waters is the reason behind Bokhari's
decision to resign," the source said.
During a recent hearing in in the Supreme Court, Bokhari had a heated exchange
with Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry for not showing respect to him.
Bokhari, a former naval chief, told the top judge in a firm tone to call him
"Admiral Bokhari instead of Mr Bokhari", surprising people present in the
The NAB chief has also been at the centre of a controversy over the mysterious
death of investigator Kamran Faisal, who was probing graft charges against the
An interim autopsy report concluded Faisal had committed suicide but his
relatives and colleagues have disputed the findings, saying the investigator was
being pressured by Bokhari to change a report that he had submitted against the
The source said Bokhari was facing intense pressure from the Supreme Court to
file a case against Prime Minister Ashraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and
senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader Jehangir Badr in connection with alleged
The apex court has sought the filing of a case against the premier for
appointing Sadiq, who has been accused of causing losses of Rs 83 billion to the
Malik and Badr have been accused of obstructing investigations and facilitating
Sadiq's escape from Pakistan. Sadiq is currently believed to be in Dubai.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed NAB to arrest the premier and 16 other
suspects for alleged involvement in corruption in setting up rental power
However, Bokhari had informed the court that he did not have enough evidence to
make any arrests.
The mysterious death of Kamran Faisal has compounded this case. A judicial
commission and a Supreme Court bench are conducting parallel investigations into