ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has turned down the NAB proposal to transfer FIA’s Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Wings to the Bureau, ostensibly keeping in view the objections of Cabinet Division, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Law and Justice.Sources in the government informed on Thursday that a summary for transfer of these FIA wings was forwarded to Prime Minister by Chairman NAB though letter No. 1/1/LE/HQ/NAB/2011 in January this year but the matter was kept pending due to obvious reasons and finally Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who is not happy over the role of NAB in the Rental Power Producers (RPPs) case, turned down the proposal.The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Wings of FIA were placed under NAB in 2004 and all pending cases and the staff of these two wings of FIA were also placed at the disposal of National Accountability Bureau to broaden the scope of the department and to make the government drive against the white-collared crime more effective and coherent. With these reinvigorated powers the NAB had given results and so far the department had not only blocked the corrupt practices effectively but also recovered the looted amount to the tune of Rs 233 billion over the past several years. But soon after the installation of the political government, which considered NAB as its adversary and responsible for the sufferings which they had faced on account of the corruption references pending against their leadership in various NAB courts. When contacted the sources in the NAB confirmed turning down of their proposal of placing these two wings of FIA under NAB, which was solely aimed at making the drive against corruption and corrupt practices more effective and to avoid overlapping in the working of these two investigation agencies.The sources in the department said that initially the former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, soon after taking oath of his office vent out his anger against NAB by announcing its dismemberment which required complex legal and constitutional conditions. But practically he had crippled the ace investigation body of the country by slashing down its annual budget allocations to half and immediately detached both these wings from the department sending back all its staff and cases back to FIA.The NAB once again hit the snags as the incumbent top hierarchy fell short of the expectations of the PPP-led coalition government and the ruling elite was not comfortable with the department, as the department had refused to harp on their tune as on the other hand the apex court is monitoring its activities.The sources further said that most of the corruption cases be it the case of Adnan Khawaja, his controversial appointment as chairman OGRA and corruption charges or the RPPs all these cases were referred to NAB by the apex court and the fair trial in these cases obviously became a source of annoyance for the ruling elite.Sources in the department further that the dealing of these cases on fast track would be in Catch-22 position as on one hand there are Supreme Court of Pakistan’s directions while on the other hand the department has to depend enormously on the government for its day to day functioning.