PML-N terms NAB DG in­ter­views 'po­lit­i­cal re­venge'

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IS­LAM­ABAD: The lead­ers of Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Fri­day lashed out at Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) La­hore chap­ter Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Shahzad Saleem over his in­ter­view with a lo­cal TV chan­nel.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Is­lam­abad on Fri­day, ex-PM Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi and other se­nior PML-N lead­ers termed the DG NAB's in­ter­views a form of "po­lit­i­cal re­venge".

The PML-N lead­ers also de­manded Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) Jus­tice Saqib Nisar to suo moto take no­tice of the in­ter­views.

Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi said, "It was clear what NAB is do­ing. It's pretty sim­ple what's hap­pen­ing but if I say it then a NAB case will be formed."

He said that a NAB of­fi­cial has been con­duct­ing me­dia trial of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans on the direc­tions of the anti-graft watch­dog's chair­man.

Ear­lier tak­ing floor in the Na­tional Assem­bly, the ex­prime min­is­ter had ac­cused Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) La­hore Saleem Shahzad of hold­ing a 'me­dia trial' of op­po­si­tion on news channels.

Re­fer­ring to the NAB of­fi­cial's talk in Dunya News pro­gram Dunya Kam­ran Khan Kay Sath, Ab­basi said that Shahzad ex­posed con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion on tele­vi­sion and urged the House to im­me­di­ately in­ter­vene in the mat­ter.

Mean­while, In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Chaud­hary Fawad Hus­sain said that the gov­ern­ment has given un­prece­dented me­dia free­dom in the coun­try. He said no me­dia trial is be­ing con­ducted of any politi­cian, adding law is equal for any­one and will take its course.

The par­tic­i­pants were also in­formed that Rs1.43 bil­lion was spent on the con­struc­tion of ex-prime min­is­ters Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi's camp of­fices.

A writ­ten re­ply stat­ing that camp of­fice in Jati Umra con­tin­ued to work af­ter the ap­point­ment of Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi as PM was sub­mit­ted.

The Jati Umra of­fice used more than Rs9 mil­lion in five years while Rs5.1 mil­lion was spent by Is­lam­abad of­fice in two years, it added.

Ear­lier to­day, the op­po­si­tion had moved a priv­i­lege mo­tion against NAB di­rec­tor gen­eral for his con­tro­ver­sial in­ter­view at the Na­tional Assem­bly Sec­re­tar­iat.

The op­po­si­tion in Fri­day ses­sion de­manded of Speaker Na­tional Assem­bly Asad Qaisar to bring priv­i­lege mo­tion against NAB DG. Re­spond­ing the op­po­si­tion de­mand, the speaker said law will be con­sulted af­ter re­ceiv­ing the mo­tion.

The op­po­si­tion, how­ever, sub­mit­ted priv­i­lege mo­tion at the Assem­bly Sec­re­tar­iat when it could not move the mo­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly. The Na­tional Assem­bly ses­sion was held un­der the chair of Speaker Asad Qaisar.

PML-N leader and for­mer prime min­is­ter

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