ISLAMABAD – The presidential spokesperson has refuted the allegations levelled by former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif that the Presidency was behind the move to declare him a loan defaulter.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Farhatullah Babar stated the National Accountability Bureau was an independent institution and was not under any obligation to take directions from the Presidency according to the law.
"The Presidency has nothing to do with any information the NAB may or may not give to the Election Commission of Pakistan under the law.  Any insinuation that seems to drag the Presidency into election-related issues is unfortunate and uncalled for," the spokesperson went on to say.  Babar maintained the Presidency was not involved in any partisan political activity and the only interest and concern it had was to provide a level-playing field where the voters could choose representatives in free and fair elections.