ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister’s caution to National Accountability Bureau has raised many eyebrows and tongues have started wagging what exactly made the premier so annoyed with the bureau that he had to make a public statement against it.

The PM yesterday criticised the NAB’s process of investigation and advised it to take action against anybody on the basis of corruption allegations. PM in Bahawalpur said that NAB has no right to disturb the government officials and enter the houses of innocent people without proper proofs. He said the non-serious attitude of NAB officials should be addressed by its chairman. He mentioned that the government will not allow the bureau to work in this style and chairman NAB should take notice of the complaints otherwise bureau must be ready to face the music.

NAB sources told The Nation that NAB’s chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhry was astonished over the reaction of the premier regarding NAB’s role but NAB did not take action against any government officer without corruption allegations.

Sources said that even several corruption cases against the politicians of ruling party are also under investigation in Lahore Bureau and the regional bureau was even reluctant to take action against them. They said that NAB Lahore arrested the Orange Line contractor Ammir Latif last week in case of bogus payments. NAB has also started investigation against government officials over awarding the contract of LNG terminal and the bureau has taken all the record in this connection into its custody.

Sources added that the corruption allegations against a member of Punjab Cabinet Rana Mashhood have been matured and Lahore Bureau can take him in custody anytime.

Sources said that the NAB had received a complaint against PM in December last year and it was mentioned in the complaint that the PM was interested in the assets of Pakistan International Airlines but NAB did not facilitate it.

NAB is also investigating cases against the Sharif brothers over the construction of Raiwind Road and caused loss of Rs 129 million to national exchequer and illegal appointments in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Sources said it might be possible that former president Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Zulqarnain had brought the NAB raids at his residence into the notice of PM Nawaz Sharif.

On the other hand, the Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice had also approved “The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill 2015” for shrinking its power and after committee’s approval this bill will be presented to the Senate.

The opposition party Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is also supporting the federal government on this issue.

NAB spokesperson Asim Ali Nawazish, when contacted for the official version of the bureau, was unreachable till filing of this report.

Last week, chairman NAB visited Lahore regional office to review its performance in 2015 and graded its performance as excellent with 89 percent operational efficiency index. Chairman NAB said Lahore office was one of key bureaus of the NAB. It played prominent role in contributing towards the overall performance of NAB, he said. In 2015, NAB Lahore received 4,874 complaints which were processed according to law.

The NAB Lahore, out of 312 complaints verification (CVs), completed 270. Out of 341 inquiries it completed 270 whereas out of 211 investigations, NAB Lahore completed 119 on merit. During 2015, NAB Lahore arrested 156 corrupt people and filed 111 corruption references during 2015. During 2015, NAB Lahore has recovered Rs. 1056.653 million during 2015.