Officials of Pakistan’s main anti-corruption body today joined country-wide protests over the mysterious death of a top investigator probing graft charges against Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf, even as government formed a judicial commission to probe the alleged suicide.
In many cities, officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) joined a strike and demanded a transparent inquiry into the death of Kamran Faisal, who was found hanging from a fan in his room in the Federal Lodges, a government hostel, on Friday.
Officials in the NAB headquarters met the head of the agency Fasih Bokhari, and presented their demands, including an inquiry into Faisal’s death and better security for investigation officers.
They said authorities should ensure that investigators could work without facing any pressure.
In Lahore, NAB officers wore black bands as a mark of protest.
They said evidence regarding Faisal’s death and allegations by his relatives that his body had marks of injuries should not be overlooked in an inquiry.
NAB officials in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces too joined the protests.
The government yesterday formed a judicial commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Javed Iqbal to investigate the death of Faisal, an Assistant Director of NAB.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Iqbal had been authorised to select two officers from the police force or investigation agencies to assist him in the inquiry.
Iqbal had earlier headed another judicial panel that investigated Osama bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan and the May, 2011, US raid that killed the al-Qaeda chief.
The commission was given two weeks to complete its investigation and submit its report on Faisal’s death.
Allegations by Faisal’s relatives that his body bore several injuries have given rise to speculation that he may have been murdered due to his role in the probe against the premier