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PPP and PML-N Slam NAB against false accusations

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lashed out at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r), Javed Iqbal, for leveling “baseless” accusations against politicians. In a recent interview, the NAB chairman accused politicians of corruption and misuse of authority.

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PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who is facing money laundering and fake bank accounts cases, stated that they would take action against Justice (r) Iqbal for violating his constitutional powers. “The NAB chairman’s post does not allow him to give interviews and PPP will take action against him,” Zardari said.

Senior analysts have questioned; “How can Chairman NAB give these juicy details about the under inquiry/investigation people to media? Is this a banana republic or what?”

Similarly, while addressing a presser at the National Press Club, former prime minister and PML-N Senior Vice President, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, questioned the impartiality of the NAB chief. “The only propose of NAB is to defame politicians and put baseless allegations on them. How can the country run if the politicians are always targeted,” said Abbasi.

The NAB spokesperson has said that “the columnist has himself explain the things he published in his column, and NAB has already issued a clarification in this regard.

PPP senior leader Khursheed Shah claimed that there is an alliance between the NAB and the incumbent government. “Aleem Khan’s release from prison has exposed an unholy alliance between Imran Khan and NAB,” Shah said while talking to the media. “Aleem got bail after 100 days because of that alliance,” he added.

It’s not the first time that the opposition is accusing the government for allegedly misusing the NAB. In the past, the same parties have slammed the PTI for its secret political agenda translated through the NAB.

Read more: NAB is ‘black law’ only for thieves: Javed Iqbal

However, while clarifying the matter, the NAB spokesperson stated that the chairman has not given any interview to Javed Chaudhary, who recently penned an article and shared information on the behalf of NAB’s head.

The NAB spokesperson has said that “the columnist has himself explain the things he published in his column, and NAB has already issued a clarification in this regard. Moreover, the column doesn’t present the facts, and whatever said about some personalities and cases is not correct.”

Read more: NAB, economy can’t go together: Zardari

Recently NAB chairman held a press conference and explained a few points. But Dr. Hassan Rizvi and Ayaz Amir at Dunya News questioned the timing and need of the press conference. Ayaz Amir maintained that the institutions speak through their actions and policies, not through media talks. Both analysts agreed that the interview shall give another opportunity to the opposition to slam the government and NAB.

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