ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari Wednesday constituted a special committee to review the cases pending against the politicians so as to identify genuine and politically-motivated ones, as he ordered expediting the process of submitting the cases before the courts.

The Executive Board meeting, which discussed the cases concerning some leading politicians, decided in favour of review to determine which cases had been instituted on political grounds and approved the formation of a high-powered committee to undertake the task. The final decision would be made by the Executive Board after submission of a report.

The committee will review the cases against politicians, including President Asif Ali Zardari and a number of sitting and former legislators from the PPP, PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and others.

Fasih, who chaired the meeting, expressed his displeasure over the slackness shown by the officials in submitting the cases, which were pending under one pretext or the other, and directed the officials concerned to act swiftly.

He said if an accused had been sentenced in a particular case, the other case(s) against him should not be prolonged while making the decision on merit.

The board decided to hand over the Rawalpindi Employees Cooperative Housing Society and National Assembly Cooperative Housing Society scams to the Special Operations Division for further investigation. It also ordered to complete the inquiry against Tariq Ayub Khakwani, who is accused of misusing his authority in the National Assembly Housing Society, within a week.

It authorised inquiry against LDI (Long Distance and International) telecom companies for their failure to make payments of annual licence fee and other allied service charges. It was also decided to refer the case of M/s Xtreme Defence System Karachi to the FBR for recovery of duties and taxes on the imported equipment.

The board instructed the officials to complete the investigation against Town Officer Municipal Administration Rawalpindi Pervaiz Haidry to its logical conclusion.