LAHORE -  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has said that certain departments of Punjab government were not cooperating with the Bureau regarding investigation against Sharifs.

He said that NAB would deal with those departments with an iron handed in future. He expressed these views while addressing a cheques distribution ceremony held in NAB Lahore office on Thursday.

He said the accountability watchdog was utilising all resources and making all-out efforts to return hard-earned money of the people which was plundered by fraudsters.

The chairman said that corruption was penetrating in the society like cancer. He said that NAB had taken across-the-board action against corruption and no corrupt would be spared.

He said he put in place effective measures to ensure accountability within NAB after taking charge of his office, adding that special focus was being paid to mega corruption scams.

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said that NAB neither has any political affiliation nor it believe in discriminatory treatment to any individual or party.

He said that the country was facing debt of $84 billion at present, and “when we seek details of these loans, certain quarters start making hue and cry that a conspiracy was being hatched against them.”

The chief said that NAB was not hatching any conspiracy against democracy in the country. “Neither NAB took revenge from anyone nor does it have any plans of doing so in future.”

NAB chairman later distributed cheques of Rs304.137 million among 2,009 people affected from fraud in Elite Town Housing Scheme and “money doubling scam”.

He appreciated measures of NAB Lahore for recovering looted money and ordered for enhancing its efforts.

“The days are gone when the fraudulent plundered money of innocent people and I assure you that no one like Double Shah could dare deprive people of their money in future,” Justice (r) Javed said.

He urged the people to follow rules and regulations before making investments, and added that strict action would be taken against those housing societies which were involved in scams.

NAB Lahore DG Saleem Shehzad on the occasion said that NAB had returned Rs18 billion to 300,000 people affected by different frauds during the 18 years. NAB Lahore had returned Rs 400million to people so far during the 2018, he added.