The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) dismissed a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)on Thursday, demanding the removal of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal from his post. 

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar gave verdict during a brief in-chamber session.

Earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on May 12 moved to the Supreme Court against National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal for ordering a probe against former premier Nawaz Sharif over alleged money-laundering of $4.9 billion to India.

An office-bearer of the PML-N’s Japan chapter, Noor Ahmed Awan, petitioned the apex court, pleading with it to issue directives for the NAB chief to tender apology over the launch of the probe against the party’s supreme leader.

The petitioner contended that the bureau issued a press release on May 8 which accused Nawaz Sharifof sending a huge amount to India.

Taking unmindfully a lead from an article published in an Urdu daily months ago, NAB chairman had rushed to announce launching of probe against the embattled former prime minister over allegations that he laundered $4.9 billion to India.

But the move backfired as the media was quick to point out that the falsity of the allegations had already been proved two years ago when the issue arose in the wake of World Bank report.

Talking about this issue, Nawaz said, “The NAB chairman [Justice (r) Javed Iqbal ] has made it his mission to defame me. I have pointed towards the biased attitude of NAB several times.

“Chairman NAB’s news release (on May 8) confirmed my statements. The report of World Bank was made foundation of the case while distorting the facts.”

Sharif said if the NAB chief failed to provide evidence, he should resign and seek public apology.