ISLAMABAD - Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday pardoned two senior officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after they tendered unconditional apology for manhandling and frisking away a citizen from the court premises a few days ago. The two NAB officials, Colonel (Retd) Tariq Bhatti and Muhammad Aslam were behind the bars on the orders of Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar after he came to know about their high-handedness. During the hearing of the issue yesterday (Tuesday), Raja Ibrahim Satti Advocate appeared before a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and tendered unconditional written apology of both the accused officials. Both the accused were also produced before the court on the orders of the bench. The bench comprising Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Ch Ejaz Yousuf and Justice Syed Zawwar Hussain Jaffery accepted the apology and ordered release of both the officials. Prosecutor General National Accountability Bureau, Deputy Prosecutor General NAB and Deputy Attorney General were also present before the bench on court notice. Dr Babar Awan, learned counsel for the citizen Irfan who was manhandled by both the NAB officials in court premises was also present on the occasion. Dr Awan did not oppose the unconditional apology and appreciated the role of the apex court for keeping the dignity and decorum of the court taking a prompt action against the NAB officials for their ugly act. Dr Awan pointed out that Syed Muzzammal Hussain, President of the Supreme Court Press Association, has actually complained about the incident after witnessing the officials beating and dragging away Irfan Ali who is Assistant Manager of Haris Steel Mills. It was further pointed out that Syed Muzzammal Hussain has been receiving threatening calls after he reported the incident to the apex court and then filed an affidavit about the whole ugly episode. Syed Muzzammal Hussain, a senior journalist, further reported that a car and a motorcycle bearing registration Nos RIR 6213 and IDD 3411 respectively have been chasing him during last two days. Dr Awan pointed out that common citizens usually stay away from becoming witnesses on such nasty accounts as they are afterwards threatened and harassed. The bench directed the Prosecutor General to investigate the matter and submit a detailed report within three days. Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar warned both the accused that they would have to face consequences if found guilty of being linked with the harassment of senior journalist. Both the NAB officials were released.