After reopening of the graft references worth billions of rupees with the Supreme Court’s major verdict, the top anti-corruption watchdog has decided to seek the assistance of intelligence agency officers to probe the high-profile corruption cases, it emerged on Thursday. A private news channel quoting sources reported that a letter in this regard had been written to the sensitive institutions with the approval of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Nazir Ahmed Butt. They also said that the anti-graft crusaders asked for the appointment of intelligence agency officers to key positions on deputation for the inquiries and that they are expected to start working in the next few days. However, they will serve on their existing scale and salaries. The insiders further disclosed that all vacant posts in NAB will be filled immediately. A deputy chairman of the national anti-graft body and prosecutor general will also be appointed soon on a permanent basis, they added. The spy agency officers appointed on deputation will perform duties in the NAB offices and a strong and efficient intelligence system will be established in the anti-corruption watchdog, the sources were quoted as saying. The decision to seek intelligence agency officers’ assistance has been taken to make the process of accountability swift and effective. They will assist the investigation officers in the NAB inquiries. The move came after NAB submitted a record of corruption references to an accountability court in Islamabad, in line with the apex court’s order to restore graft cases against public office holders. Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir directed the registrar of the court to review the cases’ records and present them before him. The judge directed the NAB prosecutors to review the legal aspects of the cases as the nature of cases against private individuals, public office holders, and government employees is different. On September 15, a three-member bench of the apex in a majority 2-1 verdict approved Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition challenging amendments made to the country’s accountability laws during the tenure of the previous Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government. Then-chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial-led bench ordered restoring all graft cases that were closed against the political leaders and public office holders and declared the amendments void. With this, various political bigwigs, including former prime ministers and a former president will undergo accountability.