PM Khan’s new Accountability Czar was investigated by NAB on 2 complaints

ISLAMABAD: The newly appointed Advisor for Accountability and Interior, Brig (R) Mussadiq Abbasi faced two National Accountability Bureau (NAB) complaints against himself while he served as Director-General NAB, Khyber Pakhtunkua in 2011. 

According to a minute sheet obtained by The Pakistan Daily, the first complaint, PUC-1 was an anonymous complaint against Abbasi in which comments were sought from him. 

The second complaint against Abbasi was made by KP Police officer, Mr Dilawar Khan Bangash which was received from the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs via the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. 

The minute sheet is signed by Director (HRM), Col (R) Subah Sadiq Malik. 

According to the DG (HR and Finance), multiple complaints against Brigadier (R) Musaddiq Abbasi had been received from different sources including the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the PM Secretariat and private persons. 

Some of the allegations were considered to be of a “serious nature” in which it has been confirmed that Brig (R) Mussadiq Abbasi furnished his point of view as well. 

According to former NAB official and author, Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, the formal complaint against Abbasi was quashed without being investigated. 

Fasih Bokhari became Chairman NAB on 17 October 2011 while the complaint against Abbasi surfaced in August 2011. 

Former Chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari and Brig ( R) Musaddiq Abbasi briefing the media at NAB HQ. INP PHOTO

In an exclusive conversation with The Pakistan Daily, Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, the author of Military Inc, said: “Abbasi was there when I joined (NAB). He was part of the old army officers team that decided to settle in NaB and not go back. When I joined he was DG KP. Would meet him at the board meeting every week.” 

When asked on her analysis on why Abbasi was appointed as Shahzad Akbar’s replacement, Siddiqa stated that it may be because he is familiar with the various anti-corruption cases going on in Pakistan. 

“His capacity of recovering is as much as Shahzad Akbar’s,” Siddiqa, who served as the advisor to NAB Chairman on Awareness and Prevention told The Pakistan Daily. 

Siddiqa said that she spoke with several people, some of whom suffered at Abbasi’s hands and claimed that the former DG NAB worked closely with former chairman Muneer Hafeez and Tariq Abbasi to serve their interests.

Abbasi was also known to be involved in cases pertaining to Pakistan International Airlines. 

Musaddiq Abbasi is also alleged to be related to Maj Gen Zaheer ul Islam Abbasi. 

On January 4, 2012, Javed Kazi, who was serving as the Deputy Chairman of NAB wrote to Mussadiq Abbasi demanding an explanation regarding the complaints against him. 

“The competent authority has received a large number of complaints against from different sources i.e. the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Law & Justice and Parliamentary Affairs containing allegations of grave and serious nature,” Kazi wrote to Abbasi. 

Abbasi was asked to respond in 7 days as to why disciplinary action should not be recommended against him. 

Allegations of torture also surfaced against Abbasi with another complaint made to then President Asif Zardari and PM Yousaf Raza Gilani demanding action against Abbasi. 

In this complaint, the complainant mentioned the Sindh High Court’s orders to direct NAB authorities to take action against Abbasi. 

The case involved a bribe of 8 million rupees allegedly demanded by Abbasi from a Customs appraiser and in return kept his case pending for 5 years. 

Musaddiq Abbasi was appointed as PM Imran Khan’s Advisor on Accountability and Interior on 26 January 2022 after Barrister Shahzad Akbar resigned from his post. 

Brig (R) Musaddiq Abbasi has served as a board director for Accountability Lab and has also been the CEO of Research and Collection Services (RCS). He has had a 13 year stint at NAB.

Brig (R) Musaddiq Abbasi could not be reached for comment.

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