Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday blasted the opposition Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) for criticising the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman in the wake of the controversy surrounding the leaked tapes involving him.

Addressing a press conference, the Railways Minister said the PML-N desired removal of NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal from his post in order to halt filing of references against party leaders.

Responding to a question about the leaked audio and video tapes of the NAB chief, the minister said, “Leave the audio and video aside, see corrupt elements’ screams.” He said this in a reference to PML-N leaders’ reaction to the controversy.

“Look at their past, whenever they find themselves trapped, they target institutions,” he said, claiming Shehbaz Sharif is begging for an NRO-like deal to get scott-free in graft cases filed against him.

Shiekh Rasheed said the PML-N and PPP are responsible for inflation in the country. Taking aim at former president Asif Ali Zardari, he said the PPP co-chairman too wanted to flee the country like Shehbaz Sharif.