ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice Javed Iqbal Friday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority to provide a complete record of the media talk of NAB Lahore Director General so that action could be taken against him as per law.

In a statement issued by NAB headquarters Friday, the chairman said that NAB respects all honourable parliamentarians. The record of media talks would help sifting the facts whether the DG spoke against the facts. NAB will see whether the privilege of any parliamentarian has been breached or otherwise, he said.

On Thursday evening, NAB Lahore DG Major (retd) Shahzad Saleem appeared on different private TV channels’ talk shows and commented on ongoing investigations of politicians and bureaucrats in alleged corruption cases.

Well-placed sources in the NAB told The Nation that Lahore DG appeared in talk shows without permission of the competent authority and the NAB chairmen had conveyed him several times to avoid passing comment on the status of ongoing inquiries and investigation of high profile cases. They mentioned that the removal of Saleem from the post of NAB Lahore DG is also under consideration and the chairman is likely to take action next week in this regard. NAB Lahore DG Saleem is also facing fake degree case in the Supreme Court.

During his interview with one TV channel, the NAB DG said that a corruption reference will be filed against Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif by the end of this month. "We have found evidence on the basis of which we are filing a reference against Shehbaz Sharif," he said.

Shehbaz, who is also the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was arrested by the NAB in Ashiana Iqbal housing scheme case on October 6. The opposition leader was taken into custody as he appeared before the anti-graft body to record statement in Punjab Saaf Pani Company case.

Speaking of a case against Shehbaz's son-in-law Ali Imran, the NAB DG accused Imran of depositing official cheques in his personal account.

The case against Imran pertains to withdrawn official funds and where were they spent, he said.

Saleem lamented that whoever is summoned by NAB flees the country. "Ali Imran left the country some two-three months ago," he said, adding that Imran will be answering the anti-graft body's questions upon his return to country.

The DG further stated that suspects say one thing while they are under custody, but change their statements once they get out of custody. He said investigation of Ashiana Iqbal housing scheme case, in which Shehbaz was arrested last month, has been completed and it will be in the court by the end of this month.

"Every day a fire erupts at public buildings, this is how records are destroyed," Saleem claimed.

He also lamented that Salman Shehbaz was summoned by NAB, but he went abroad instead of appearing before the anti-corruption watchdog.

The DG further said that a case registered against Punjab minister Aleem Khan was being investigated. Some documents are required from abroad in the case relating to Khan and a verdict would be announced on it once those documents were received, he said.

Saleem further said that if needed in any case, then Chaudhry brothers and Moonis Elahi would be taken into custody.