Chairman says NAB will not succumb to any pressure

LAHORE – National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday visited the Lahore Bureau where he reviewed the progress on mega corruption cases particularly housing sector cases including Aashiana Iqbal, Paragon City, Pak Arab Housing Society and Eden Housing scam.

During his visit to NAB Regional Office, the NAB chairman also reviewed the progress on references against former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz, Salman Shehbaz and others pertaining to telegraphic transfer scandal, references against Mir Shakeelur Rehman and Ramzan Sugar Mills, filed in the accountability courts by the NAB.

NAB Director General Lahore Shehzad Saleem along with combined investigation teams, briefed Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal about corruption cases, references and direct and indirect recoveries made by the NAB Lahore during last four years.

The NAB chairman was briefed that recoveries of Rs88 billion in 45 cases were made possible by NAB Lahore during October 2017 to till now, out of which recoveries around Rs10 billion in 22 cases were of direct recoveries while Rs78 billions were recovered in 23 other cases as indirect recoveries.

Addressing the officers, Javed Iqbal said that NAB is a national institution which has been working to eliminate corruption from the country as per the Constitution. The Bureau’s steps and actions against corruption were widely appreciated by national and international bodies, he added.

He said the NAB would continue its efforts against corruption as per merit without succumbing to any pressure, and negative propaganda into consideration.

Javed Iqbal said that NAB had no affiliation with any political party or group, however the

Bureau would always strive for the protection of national and peoples’ interests. He also directed the NAB lawyers to include relevant and evidence loaded witnesses in courts so that references could be concluded speedily in time.

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