PESHAWAR/DI KHAN: As part of the ongoing wealth probe against the JUI-F leader, the (NAB)National Accountability Bureau, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, summoned a close aide of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and his father on Dec 10.
Under Section 19 of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, the call-up notices were given to JUI-F District Information Secretary Noor Asghar Wazir and his father, Gul Asghar Wazir, authorising the ‘NAB chairman or an officer to call any person for information, produce or deliver any record or something useful to the inquiry and examine any person familiar with the facts and circumstances
The notices were served through the district police officer of Dera Ismail Khan, which is the hometown of the JUI-F chief.
Noor Asghar says notices will be responded in ‘legal manner’
The notices claimed that the competent authority took cognizance of the crime committed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman and others pursuant to the 1999 National Accountability Ordinance, and discovered in the process of an investigation that both Mr. Asghar and his son were in possession of information/evidence relating to the commission of the offence.’ Earlier on Nov 3, they were summoned, but both did not appear before the accountability body.
In the notices, the NAB ordered the two to appear at 11 a.m. on December 10 before the Joint Investigation Team (CIT-I) at NAB KP headquarters in Hayatabad, Peshawar.
Mr. Noor, Mr. Fazl’s close associate, worked on the Rata Kulachi Union Council as a district member of the party. He is one of the area’s biggest landowners.
Mr Noor informed Dawn that the NAB call-up notification was yet to be issued by him.
“I will respond to it in a legal manner after receiving the notice,” he said.
He believed that there was nothing illegal concerning him and his father, so they were not afraid of the NAB and would respond to all its questions.
On Sept 22, a call-up notice was given by the NAB KP to Mr Fazl asking him to appear before it on Oct 1. It subsequently claimed, however that the note published in the media was not properly signed and that at a later point the JUI-F leader would be summoned to hear his views on the pending investigation into assets against him.
On Sept. 24, in an unlawful assets investigation, the NAB KP detained Musa Khan Baloch, a former forest department officer and a close associate of the JUI-leader. F’s
Mr. Baloch was JUI-F Paharpur Tehsil’s chief, while his uncle, Tariq Baloch, was JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl’s personal secretary.
On August 25, in conjunction with an investigation into his properties, Ziaur Rehman, the younger brother of the JUI-F leader and an employee of the provincial government, appeared before NAB.