Several bigwigs land back into NAB's hot waters.

ISLAMABAD -- Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar was among several bigwigs, who landed in hot waters on Friday after the Supreme Court struck down some sections of the amendments made to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) of 1999 by the previous PML-N-led coalition government.

The apex court's decision on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's plea, challenging the amendments to the law has opened floodgates for many as the NAB's report submitted before the court had named the leaders of almost all major political parties, who benefited from the law tweaks.

The NAB report showed details of the cases, whether at the inquiries, investigations or trial stage, that were affected by the amendments to the NAO. With the top court's decision, NAB's axe would fall on Kakar and others.

Experts said that their matters would be reopened from the stage where they were left if the decision was not struck down during review.

NAB had apprised the Supreme Court that Kakar, then a senator, was facing an inquiry wherein the allegations of 'corruption and corrupt practices' and 'accumulating assets beyond known sources of income' we being probed.

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The remarks section stated that the 'amount involved is less than 500 million so affected by amendment in Section 5 (o) of NAO 1999 through Section 3 of the National Accountability (2nd Amendment) Act 2022.'

Other beneficiaries included Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maryam Nawaz, Faryal Talpur, Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Sanaullah, Javed Lateef, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Amir Mehmood Kayani, Akram Durani , Saleem Mandiwala, Noor Alam Khan, Nawab Aslam Riasani, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Barjees Tahir, Nawab Ali Wasan, Sharjeel Inaam Memom, Liaqat Jatoi, Amir Maqam, Gohram Bugti, Jaffer Khan Mandokhel and G-B Governor Syed Mehdi Shah.

In the judgment, a three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah gave details of the number of cases and the total amount of money involved in the cases. The judgment came with 2-1 majority, as Justice Shah wrote the note of dissent.

The judgment stated that it was also pertinent to mention that as a result of the 2022 amendments a large number of references filed by the NAB in the accountability courts were affected.

The data, as provided by the additional prosecutor general of...

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