[Dawn 27 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday submitted a report to the Supreme Court relating to the purported suicide note left by retired brigadier and analyst Asad Munir. The report was furnished in a sealed envelope before the court which had earlier sought a reply from NAB on March 21. On the directive of Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the Human Rights Cell of the top court had sought a response from NAB to the suicide note after it was received by the office of the Supreme Court registrar.

Earlier while hearing an appeal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on March 26, the chief justice had questioned the manner in which NAB functioned by asking whether the bureau caused so much stress to those facing corruption inquiries that they fell sick and why the bureau, which had recovered billions of rupees, did not set up a hospital for treatment of those who fell ill (because of pressure exerted on them). “People have now started committing suicide and the Supreme Court has taken up the matter of mysterious suicide committed by former intelligence officer and analyst Asad Munir,” the chief justice had said.

Retired brigadier took his own life a day after bureau decided to file corruption reference against him. In his suicide note, retired Brig Munir, who had served in the Pakistan Army as an intelligence officer and also worked on different key posts in civilian departments, had expressed the confidence that he was giving his life in the hope that the chief justice would bring about positive changes in the system under which incompetent officials were playing with the life and honour of citizens in the name of accountability.