No one can pull NAB’s strings: Chairman

ISLAMABAD – National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has said no one can pull the strings of NAB and if someone tries to do so, he will quit.

“No one can pull the strings of NAB and if any such attempt is made, he will pick up his briefcase and leave,” said the anti-graft body chairman, while talking to the media after briefing the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the performance of the bureau.

To a question about pending cases, he said the anti-corruption inquiries’ process would be completed swiftly. “The NAB will take no biased action against anyone in its accountability process,” Javed Iqbal said, mentioning all corruption cases would be properly disposed of.

When asked to comment on the upcoming general elections, he said it was not the domain of the accountability bureau to watch matters related to the upcoming polls.

“We are not concerned about whether elections will take place or not. But, if someone commits corruption, it will thoroughly be examined,” the NAB chairman said.

To a question regarding former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, he made it clear that it was not his job to stop him from travelling abroad.

Meanwhile, talking to the media, PAC Chairman Khurshid Shah said the NAB chairman had made it clear that no political victimisation was being carried out. He said the NAB chairman would give another briefing to the PAC soon.

“We, the PAC members, posed questions, keeping in view the domain of the accountability body (Public Accounts Committee). Majority of questions were related to audit objections,” Shah said.

The matter concerning the Abbottabad Commission report was also discussed with the NAB chairman, he said, mentioning this report should also be presented in the parliament.

Abbottabad Commission report was submitted to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the PPP’s era. Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, being head of Abbottabad Commission, had time and again called for making it public.

The NAB chairman, sources said, in the in-camera briefing, claimed the bureau had completed over 2,000 references while 2,448 complaints were being examined thoroughly.

He further said the PAC had referred 171 audit objections related to different ministries, including information ministry, petroleum and natural resources, defence (aviation division), religious affairs etc.

When asked by a PAC member about cases against politicians, the NAB chairman responded they were never processed in haste. He said there was no targeted action against any particular individual.

 

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