ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau, after receiving copy of Supreme Court directives in the NICL case, constituted a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe its chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry.

Similarly, the Acting Chairman decided that instead of the senior most DG of NAB, the person selected to oversee the inquiry should not only be competent and experienced, but should also have had no opportunity of interaction with the Chairman prior to his appointment in NAB.

He has, therefore, assigned this task to Zahir Shah, DG (Operations) NAB HQs, to oversee the two inquiries which involve the NAB Chairman. The JIT will include an Investigation Officer of NAB who will be assisted by a highly competent police officer and another member from the SECP. The acting Chairman has instructed the DG (Ops) to ensure that the investigation is concluded as expeditiously as possible.

Meanwhile, Accountability Court (AC)-1 Islamabad judge has restored all NAB cases against former President Asif Zardari. The bench also instructed the NAB to provide Zardari's counsel with copies of the references filed against him.

Zardari's lawyer Farooq H Naek told the court that his client could not appear before court as he is not present in the country. The court granted one-time exemption to the former President from attending hearing, and again issued a notice summoning Zardari to attend the next hearing.

The references against the former president include SGS, Cotecna, ARY, polo ground and Ursus tractors. Meanwhile, the court summoned witnesses in the Polo Ground case on December 9.