ISLAMABAD - The five-member joint investigation team (JIT), constituted by National Accountability Bureau Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari, on Tuesday and decided to obtain all the documentary evidences related to the Malik Riaz-Iftikhar Arsalan case.

The decision was made in its first meeting, with Financial Crimes Investigation Wing DG in the chair. The JIT, comprising three officers from NAB and one each from FIA and Islamabad Police, is authorised to secure the services of forensic, financial and legal experts during the course of investigation. Bokhari acted in line with the Supreme Court order, wherein it had directed the Attorney General Irfan Qadir to move the state machinery to probe the allegations levelled by Malik Riaz and Arsalan Iftikhar against each other.

It is pertinent to mention that initially much before the attorney general had marked the case for investigation to NAB, Bokhari had come up with the statement that under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, the NAB could not deal with such cases, but later he bowed to the dictates of Supreme Court and constituted a JIT to look into the alleged allegations of Malik Riaz, a property tycoon and scion of Chief Justice of Pakistan Arsalan Iftikhar against each other.

During the meeting at NAB Headquarters, the team decided to obtain all relevant material from the quarters concerned within a week to proceed ahead, after which they would analyse the matter.

It also merit mentioning that soon after the attorney general’s directives to the NAB chairman to constitute a JIT and probe the Malik Riaz-Arsalan Iftikhar affair, the latter’s counsel had served a legal notice on the NAB chairman to refrain from constituting the JIT. He also threatened him that they would move court of law against him as they considered Bokhari would be overstepping his ambit as NAO 1999 did not permit the department to deal with such matters as the case did not involve any loss to the national exchequer or fraud to the public at large. But the NAB chairman put his foot down and with full determination to comply with the apex court orders constituted a five-member JIT to look into the nitty-gritty of the matter.