In an interview to a private TV channel, Consultant of National Accountability Bureau Shaukat Qadir leveled a very serious charge that President Asif Ali Zardari was using the Bureau to his advantage. If it is true, this is a searing indictment of the country’s top office. But there was more to it than the prevailing manipulation. In his view, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and General Musharraf too had used selective accountability to victimise rivals. So here is another official reiterating that NAB with its current lack of oversight and interference makes for a convenient tool for those powerful enough to bend it to their will.

Now it is somewhat strange that having made a shocking claim, the Consultant evinced optimism that efforts were underway to make the bureau independent. Of course, outside pressure is invariably of diabolical proportions. Consider the case of Kamran Faisal. The mysterious circumstances under which he was found hanging from a fan in his room points to a murder. Shaukat Qadir has now confirmed that the deceased was facing tremendous pressure while dealing with the infamous Rental Power Projects case. It is a pity that though Kamran informed the senior bosses about it as well, nothing was done. There is a dire need to empower NAB so that it could attend to the business of throwing the untouchables behind bars.