ISLAMABAD - Since PPP came into power, the National Accountability Bureaus performance was on the continuous decline and it almost came to a grinding halt before the appointment Fasih Bokhari who has attempted to bring the department out of the deep slumber. The NAB came under clouds after PPP came into power in 2008 when Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had said on the floor of the National Assembly that he would abolish NAB. Afterward under a systematic plan, the PPP-led coalition government attempted to incapacitate the department by slashing out its budget and shunting out the staff on deportation both in prosecution and investigation departments. Later, the then NAB chairman Naveed Ahsan became the casualty of the writing of letter to Swiss authorities for reopening the cases against President Zardari. Later, during the days of a controversial NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah a few new cases were instituted and the department was put in the working mode but the whole exercise came to a standstill after his removal on the orders of the Supreme Court ab initio, which turned all his decisions ineffective and once again the department had plunged into deep administrative and procedural crisis. The appointment of Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari was once again made controversial as the Opposition Leader Ch Nisar Ali Khan challenged it in the Supreme Court on the plea that meaningful consultation was not made with him on his appointment. But Admiral Fasih Bokhari was swiftly moved to bring the department into automation and had also appointed K.K. Aga, a senior lawyer on the vacant slot of NAB Prosecutor General , the position which would bring the whole prosecution side into functioning which was sitting idle since the quitting of Dr. Danishwar Malik. Similarly, Fasih Bokhari in his maiden address to the staff expressed his resolve that he would make the department the most vibrant and active and would bring changes in the laws to preempt the corruption in government department. In the follow-up meeting, the chairman gave approval to a number of corruption references and also gave approval to the initiation of a number of inquiries involving misappropriation of public funds, illegal allotment of plots, embezzlement and misuse of authority in various government departments. The meeting approved references against Abdul Rasheed XEN Wapda, against Gulraiz Raza and officers of Sales Tax for causing a loss to the public exchequer through bogus sales refunds. In other references, it was decided that the regulatory bodies be asked to explain as to the nature of action already taken by them so as to facilitate the filing of references against the accused with the accountability courts. In Pakistan Railways Coop Housing Society Quetta Scam when it was informed that all the allotment letters have been cancelled and the possession of land is still with Railways, the meeting decided to refer the case back to Pak Railways to hold a departmental inquiry. The Board authorized to hold an inquiry against Munawar Hussain Cheema, former Additional Deputy Commissioner (Consolidation), Lahore, for illegal allotments of land, Mohammad Aslam Kachhela, former MNA Sargodha, for allotment of plots in a fake housing society and former Chief Secretary KPK Javed Iqbal for assets beyond means. The Committee accepted the plea bargain of Ehsan Ellahi, Director of Muslim Industrial Coop Corporation. The meeting also closed inquiries against Lal Bux Bhutto former MPA Sindh, Pervaiz Ahmed Khan, MPA KPK and Zafar Altaf former Secretary Agriculture for lack of evidence and weak cases.