NAB chief to appear before NA body on May 22

PTI, MQM-P opposed the summoning saying the corruption watchdog head did nothing wrong by initiating probe against Nawaz


Staff report


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has requested for more time to its chairman for appearing before the National Assembly’s (NA) Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

The chairman NAB was asked to appear before the NA’s committee on Wednesday to give an explanation over the bureau’s move to initiate an inquiry into alleged money laundering to India by PML-N’s supreme leader Nawaz Sharif.

The request submitted by NAB’s representative Irfan Naeem Mangi was accepted by the NA’s committee and asked the chairman to appear before it on May 22.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) opposed the move to summon the NAB chairman by the committee. Parliamentarians from both parties argued that he {NAB chairman} had done nothing wrong by initiating the inquiry into alleged money laundering.

The NA committee headed by ruling PML-N lawmaker, Chaudhry Mohammad Ashraf had summoned the NAB chief hours after the issue was raised by Rana Hayat Khan while speaking on a point of order in the house and was referred to it by former law minister Zahid Hamid who was presiding over the session at that time.

Last week, Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had criticised NAB on the floor of the NA for its “faux pas” over the alleged $4.9 billion money laundering to India by Sharif.

Earlier, it was also reported that NAB chairman had refused to appear before the committee arguing that he could not be summoned through media. The representative of NAB argued that this was not a formal procedure for summoning any government office bearer, therefore demanded a formal notice in this regard.

However, later according to the sources, a formal notice had been issued to the NAB chairman.


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