PM Ab­basi lashes out at NAB over in­quiry into al­le­ga­tion that Nawaz sent $4.9bn to In­dia

The Miracle - - Pakistan -

Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi on Wed­nes­day strongly criticised the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) for launch­ing a probe against ousted prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, in­volv­ing al­leged money laun­der­ing of $4.9 bil­lion to In­dia. Ac­cord­ing to NAB, it launched the probe af­ter a Sept 2016 World Bank mi­gra­tion and re­mit­tance book re­ported that In­dia’s for­eign ex­change re­serves had in­creased by $4.9 bil­lion due to huge cash in­flows at­trib­uted to money laun­der­ing, in­flict­ing losses to Pak­istan’s na­tional kitty. The prime min­is­ter while ad­dress­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly asked the House to con­sti­tute a com­mit­tee which would sum­mon the NAB chair­man and in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions. The premier in his tirade also claimed that the in­sti­tu­tion had over­stepped its do­main. The coun­try will not func­tion if in­sti­tu­tions will work in this way, he added, point­ing out that the NA still has time to amend the NAB laws.He asked the House to “sum­mon the NAB chair­man” to clear his po­si­tion as “al­le­ga­tions of a very se­ri­ous na­ture” had been lev­elled against the for­mer prime min­is­ter. Ab­basi said that based on the man­ner in which the for­mer premier had been brought be­fore the ac­count­abil­ity court, he did not be­lieve that NAB would be able to pro­vide jus­tice to Nawaz Sharif. Pre­req­ui­sites of jus­tice should be met in all mat­ters, the prime min­is­ter said, adding: “Not only should jus­tice be done, it must also be seen be­ing done.” “The Bureau should play its due role against cor­rup­tion and should ful­fil the re­quire­ments of jus­tice,” he added. Ear­lier De­fence Min­is­ter Khur­ram Dasta­gir Khan ex­pressed the same sen­ti­ments and criticised NAB for launch­ing the money laun­der­ing probe against Nawaz Sharif. Syed Naveed Qa­mar of the PPP said he could un­der­stand the prime min­is­ter’s concern but he par­tially dis­agreed with the idea of sum­mon­ing the NAB chair­man and held it tan­ta­mount to in­ter­fer­ence into NAB af­fairs. “It will be a new prece­dent if we in­ter­fere into the mat­ters of an in­sti­tu­tion that we our­selves cre­ated,” he said, adding that he, how­ever, would con­sult with his party lead­er­ship over the is­sue of con­sti­tut­ing a com­mit­tee on the mat­ter.Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf ’s Asad Umar cat­e­gor­i­cally opposed the sug­ges­tion of con­sti­tut­ing a com­mit­tee on the is­sue. He said that in­ter­fer­ing into the af­fairs of NAB would be “tan­ta­mount to the mur­der of jus­tice and ac­count­abil­ity” in the coun­try.“NAB is ful­fill­ing the role that the Fi­nance Min­istry should have played on the first day the re­port came out,” he said.

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