Prime Min­is­ter’s crit­i­cism on NAB chal­lenged in LHC

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Prime Min­ster ( PM) Nawaz Sharif's crit­i­cism on Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) was chal­lenged in the La­hore High Court (LHC) on Thurs­day.

The pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted by Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf (PTI) lawyer Go­har Nawaz Sindhu adopted the stance that PM Nawaz's state­ment re­lated to NAB is tan­ta­mount to putting pres­sure on the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The plea states that NAB is an in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tute and is not a sub­or­di­nate to the PM.

PM Nawaz has in­ter­fered in the un­der hear­ing cases of NAB al­though the or­ga­ni­za­tion is act­ing against cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als, it added.

The pe­ti­tioner has re­quested the court to take ac­tion against PM's state­ment. Ear­lier on Tues­day, PM Nawaz Sharif had ad­dressed a gath­er­ing in Ba­hawalpur and urged NAB to act re­spon­si­bly. He said that the bureau needs to re­con­sider its lim­its and ap­proach of ac­tion.

He went on to say that the ac­count­abil­ity depart­ment raids in­no­cent per­sons' res­i­dences. The PM had also or­dered Chair­man of the bureau to take no­tice of depart­ment's func­tion­ing. On the other hand, res­o­lu­tions were moved on Wed­nes­day in Pun­jab and Sindh as­sem­blies de­mand­ing the PM to re­vert his state­ment over NAB's func­tion­ing.

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