ISLAMABAD: The growing complaints against the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) about its alleged mistreatment and tortures on the accused in its custody and the recent death of a professor of Sargodha University in judicial custody have prompted the National Commission for Human Right to take suo motu notice of the issue.
The chairman of the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), retired Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan, has taken suo motu notice of the death of Mian Javed, former chief executive officer of the Lahore sub-campus of the Sargodha University, in jail custody.
The commission has directed the NAB to a team of the commission to inspect its detention centres and facilities in the country.
The NCHR said in a statement that the deceased Mian Javed was under investigation by NAB’s Lahore office.
It said that due to the gravity of the situation, the commission took the suo motu notice of the matter under the NCHR Act, 2012.
The commission, while showing displeasure over the incident, has asked top NAB officials to send a comprehensive report to the office on or before Dec 31, for necessary action under Section 9 of the NCHR Act, 2012.
The commission, under the provisions of Section 9c of the NCHR Act, 2012, has asked NAB to allow its team to inspect its detention centres.
As pictures of the deceased in chains went viral on social and mainstream media, the commission asked NAB high-ups to allow NCHR team to inspect places of detention of NAB as soon as possible and a date and time be fixed for this purpose because that is the mandate of NCHR to protect and promote human rights,” the NCHR said.
“The commission does not want to intervene in proceedings of any of the institutions, but for the purpose of protection of human rights, the commission is exercising its jurisdiction which is so granted under the NCHR Act, 2012,” it stated.
The Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif, recently claimed that he had been kept in a room where it was not possible to tell whether it was day or night.
Former vice chancellor of Punjab University Prof Mujahid Kamran, in an interview, had also alleged that there were CCTV cameras in washrooms of NAB’s lockup.
However, NAB has denied such allegations.