ISLAMABAD -  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice Javed Iqbal has directed the anti-graft body to coordinate with the interior ministry for not removing the name of National Bank of Pakistan President Saeed Ahmad from the Exit Control List (ECL).

According to a statement issued by the NAB, Ahmed is accused in various NAB cases. Earlier, NBP President Ahmed had appeared before a NAB team in Lahore and recorded his statement in corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his family, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others.

The combined investigation team of NAB questioned Ahmed for hours in connection with the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case but he denied any knowledge of such accounts in his name allegedly linked with money-laundering. 

According to media reports, Ahmed, who is said to be a friend of Nawaz Sharif, was offered by NAB to become approvers against Sharifs and Dar.

Later, the NAB categorically rejected the media reports regarding the NAB inquiry team's visit to London terming them “baseless and unjustifiable”.

“It is clarified that NAB's any inquiry team had not visited London, therefore, the question for success or failure in collecting evidence by the NAB inquiry team does not exist,” the NAB had said.