Admiral (R) Fasih Bokhari

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Designation: Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
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Admiral Fasih Bokhari,NI (military), is a now-retired four-star admiral and current chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), an anti-corruption bureau of Government of Pakistan.

Before appointed chairman of NAB, Bokhari was the fourteenth Chief of Naval Staff, serving from 1997 until voluntarily resigning from the Navy under protest. His resignation came to public limelight after Prime minister Navaz Sharif approved the controversial appointment of the chief of army staff General Pervez Musharraf who was much junior military officer to Admiral Bokhari, to the prestigious four-star assignment, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. On October 10, 2011, Bokhari was nominated as the Chairman of National Accountability Bureau by President Asif Ali Zardari, and secured the appointment by Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani the same year.

Chief of Naval Staff

In 1997, Prime minister Navaz Sharif approved the appointment of Bokhari to four-star assignment and on 1 May 1997 Bokhari was promoted to four-star admiral in the Navy. he was promoted as full four-star admiral in the Navy, and became Chief of Naval Staff on May 1 of 1997. He assumed the four-star assignment, and became fourteen Chief of Naval Staff; on other hand, the out-going and court-martial admiral Mansurul Haq was sent to face a military trial over the cases of corruption leveled against him. As CNS, Bokhari made several attempts to re-orgnize the navy and and attempted to signed a big deals with foreign powers to expand the operational capabilities of the Navy in 1996, but such attempts were resisted and thwarted by Prime minister Navaz Sharif and his subordinated officers.

In spite of Prime minister Nawaz Sharif promoting Bokhari to four-star rank, differences and problems arise with the elected prime minister after cancelling the deals. The timeline of crises began in 1998 made uttering remarks against Pakistan’s historic decision to perform nuclear tests Chagai-I and Chagai-II to maintain nuclear deterrence against India in 1998 and is also known for his views against creation of Pakistan. He was forcefully silent by the Chairman Join Chiefs General Jehangir Karamat who strongly urged and made promising consequences if he continued to release harmful statements against the government of conception of Pakistan.

Post-retirement

Kargil War introspection

After retirement, Fasih Bokhari along with former chief of air staff air chief marshal Parvaiz Mehdi Qureshi, both of whom were leading their respective forces during Kargil War, have demanded a commission of inquiry to probe the Kargil operation and have agreed to appear before it to give their version of the events surrounding the Kargil episode.

Admiral Bokhari had repeatedly called for the court-martial of General Pervez Musharraf as he violated the Constitution, and illegally overthrew the democratically elected government of Nawaz Sharif in 1999. According to him, he was fully aware of General Musharraf's intention as he became the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

He is known to be a supporter of peace with India and even adversaries recognize that. Indian Navy Admiral (R) JG Nadkarni recently wrote that Pakistan had sensible mariners in decision-making positions who were keen to have agreements with the Indian Navy. “Admiral Fasih Bokhari, Pakistan’s naval chief from 1997 to 1999, was a great proponent of maritime co-operation with India and believed that it would benefit both countries,” the Indian Admiral wrote.

Controversies

Despite a war hero, an honor military figure and submariner, Fasih Bokhari was allegedly involved in different questionable deals, was accused of not proceeding against those submariners who had received kickbacks from Agosta Submarine scandal after becoming chief of naval staff despite knowing all the facts and a case of "Brooks and Garcia Spares Case" allegedly involving Bokhari was heard by Public Accounts Committee few month before his appointment. The parliamentary investigation exposed that Bokhari was one of his close friend retired Commander Naeem Sarfraz and unofficially issued uttered remarks against Pakistan’s historic decision to perform its nuclear deterrence against India in 1998 and is also known for his views against creation of Pakistan.

Senior retired Rear-Admiral Tanveer Ahmad revealed that Fasih Bokhari was not directly involved in Agosta Submarine scandal, he as a submariner let all those submariners who were involved, off the hook, and instead gave them promotions after becoming chief of naval staff. He was also the part of the inspection team that gave green signal to Prime minister Benazir Bhutto to close a controversial deal with France for Agosta class submarine which led the dismissal of her government. Geostrategist dr. Shireen Mazari confirmed Bokhari had condemned the decision of nuclear tests and during the IISS convention in the Gulf, Bokhari maintained that: "Quaid-i-Azam had made a mistake in seeking the creation of Pakistan..".

National Accountability Bureau

After retirement, Fasih Bokhari spent time as a geo-strategic analyst and also occasional columnist contributing articles to various English-language dailies in Pakistan. In October 2011, he was appointed as Chairman, National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan by President Asif Ali Zardari. The appointment of Bokhari as Chairman NAB was considered high controversial, and many experts view this appointment as to bring Bokhari initiate action against senior PML-N leader and Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Nawaz Sharif.

Family and Connections

A sister of Admiral Bokhari's was married into the famous Khattar political family, to the late His Excellency (HE) Mr. Izzet Hayat Khan, a businessman and a former Pakistan ambassador to Tunisia, during General Zia-ul-Haq's regime. One of his daughters is the wife of the junior grandson of late Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan III, last ruler of the former Junagadh. His 12 year old grandson is a fan of football and supports the team Chelsea FC. He enjoys watching football with him occasionally.


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