LAHORE - A writ petition was filed before the Supreme Court of Pakistan yesterday, challenging clean chit given to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar by National Accountability Bureau in over Rs130 billion corruption case.

Mahmood Naqvi filed the petition before the SC Lahore registry, including Prime Minister, Federal Law Secretary, Interior Secretary and NAB Director General as party in the case.

The petitioner submitted that the NAB exonerated Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in all the references lying pending against him for last 15 years. He alleged that Dar approached NAB five times to get himself clear in all cases of corruption.

The petitioner asked the court to order formation of a joint investigation team to probe the embezzlement allegedly done by the federal minster. He further requested the court to bar the minister from continuing official duties till decision on his petition.

On Saturday, the National Accountability Bureau exonerated Ishaq Dar after fifteen years of investigation. The NAB spokesman said that the decision was taken at the NAB’s Executive Board Meeting (EBM) that was chaired by Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Friday.

Ishaq Dar was accused of misusing his authority and having assets beyond known sources of income since 2000.

Law secretary’s appointment challenged: The Lahore High Court yesterday issued notice to Punjab government to submit its reply in a petition challenging appointment of Dr Syed Abul Hassan Najmee as Secretary Law and Parliamentary Affairs.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order on the petition filed by Zaheer Afzal Chadhar and adjourned the hearing until August 16.

The lawyer-petitioner submitted that Dr Najmee retired as Punjab Assembly Secretary in 2003 and then was given extension for two times and later in 2009, he was appointed as Secretary Law and Parliamentary Affairs Punjab. His appointment as law secretary was in clear violation of SC judgments, the petitioner argued.

However, a government official apprised the court saying that the law barring appointment of retired civil servants did not apply to the post of Punjab Law Secretary. He said the office did not fall under general cadre law and it did not affect the appointment and promotion of any officer.