PAC to conduct audit on allegations against Justice Mazahir

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday referred the case of the alleged corruption against Supreme Court judge Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The decision was made by Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani under Rule 190 of the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday. The proposal was moved in the House by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

During the session, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq suggested that a joint team of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) should conduct a special audit within 15 days in the case of Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi.

He further added that Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi should explain how he managed to purchase a plot worth Rs100 or Rs110 million and how he paid taxes on it, and where the construction money came from
the allegations, adding that it is painful to see fingers being pointed at the judges.

He further highlighted that sufficient material has been collected against one judge, and all the bar councils and associations of Pakistan have filed references.

National Assembly and the committee have the responsibility to do something to clear the name of Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi from the allegations, said Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, adding that the easiest way for him to get cleared is to reveal his source of income.

Decision was taken to ensure that the honourable judges are not subjected to allegations, and their integrity and reputation are maintained.

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