Opp sub­mit­ted priv­i­lege mo­tion against DG NAB

Priv­i­lege mo­tion against DG NAB La­hore an at­tempt to in­flu­ence probe: Fawad

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IS­LAM­ABAD: The op­po­si­tion on Fri­day moved a priv­i­lege mo­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly (NA), ac­cus­ing Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bu­reau (NAB) La­hore Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (DG) Saleem Shahzad of hold­ing “me­dia tri­als” on dif­fer­ent news chan­nels.

Pak­istan Mus­lim League- Nawaz (PML-N) Spokesper­son Mar­riyum Au­rangzeb in­formed the House that Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party (PPP) has also joined the mo­tion “in writ­ing”, adding that the mo­tion had been signed by Leader of the Op­po­si­tion She­hbaz Sharif.

Ac­cord­ing to the mo­tion, the NAB di­rec­tor gen­eral has ap­peared on dif­fer­ent news chan­nels with the con­sent of the NAB chair­man, and dis­cussed mat­ters that were sub-ju­dice on na­tional tele­vi­sion. It added that Shahzad “ma­ligned the rep­u­ta­tion of op­po­si­tion” in NA.

“Shahzad ap­peared on ‘Dunya Kam­ran Khan Kay Sath’ on Dunya News, ‘Off The Record’ on ARY News, ‘Nadeem Ma­lik Live’ on Hum News, ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khan­zada Kay Sath’ on Geo News, and ‘Awaz’on Sa­maa TV over the last two days.”

Ac­cus­ing Shahzad of re­veal­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion, the no­tice urged the House to look into the mat­ter on a pri­or­ity ba­sis.

In a con­tro­ver­sial state­ment, the NAB La­hore di­rec­tor gen­eral had said that the ac­count­abil­ity watch­dog will file a ref­er­ence against the op­po­si­tion leader by the end of the month, and ac­cused his son-in-law Ali Im­ran of “de­posit­ing of­fi­cial cheques in his per­sonal bank ac­count”.

He had added that a probe was un­der­way against pro­vin­cial min­is­ter Aleem Khan and there was a pos­si­bil­ity that Chaudhry broth­ers and Moo­nis Elahi could also be taken into cus­tody.

Dur­ing the ses­sion chaired byNAS­peak­erAsad Qaiser, for­mer prime min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi ac­cused Shahzad of hav­ing a fake de­gree and sec­onded the mo­tion’s claim. He added that ac­count­abil­ity shouldn’t be done by such peo­ple. Re­spond­ing to the op­po­si­tion’s move, Fed­eral

Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion Fawad Chaudhry claimed that a priv­i­lege mo­tion has no con­sti­tu­tional le­git­i­macy, ac­cus­ing the op­po­si­tion par­ties of try­ing to in­flu­ence on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions against its mem­bers.

“If they ex­pect that they will be treated dif­fer­ently than the rest of the pop­u­la­tion, then, they are wrong,” he added.

The in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter al­leged that She­hbaz, who is cur­rently part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion per­tain­ing to the Ashi­ana hous­ing scheme scam by NAB, ini­ti­ated the “me­dia trial” in the House last month.

He added that the sanc­tity of the House pre­vented dis­cus­sion on sub-ju­dice mat­ters. How­ever, the NA speaker clar­i­fied that a priv­i­lege mo­tion does not vi­o­late rules and that he will seek le­gal coun­sel in the mater.

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