Ruckus in parliament after NAB official’s TV interviews


Tariq Virk


The leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday lashed out at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Chapter Director-General Shahzad Saleem over his TV interview.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, ex-PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other senior PML-N leaders termed the DG NAB s interviews a form of “political revenge”.

The PML-N leaders also demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar to take suo motu notice of the interviews.

Abbasi said, “It was clear what NAB is doing. It’s pretty simple what is happening but if I say it then a NAB case will be formed.”

He said that a NAB official has been conducting media trial of parliamentarians on the directions of the anti-graft watchdog’s chairman.

The opposition in Friday session demanded of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar to bring privilege motion against NAB DG. Responding the opposition demand, the speaker said law will be consulted after receiving the motion.

The opposition, however, submitted privilege motion at the Assembly Secretariat when it could not move the motion in the National Assembly.

He has summoned a record of the interviews. An investigation will be conducted according to the law, Iqbal remarked. “NAB respects all members of the assembly.” He said that the investigation team will evaluate if Shahzad has said anything which wasn’t true.

Shahzad spoke to five channels — Geo News, Hum TV, ARY News, SAMAA TV and Dunya TV.

During his interview, he said the bureau has more than enough evidence to file a reference against Shehbaz and will do so by the end of November.

Shahzad claimed that the NAB officials didn’t ask Shehbaz Sharif to become an approver against anyone. “We only asked him if he wants to say something about Khawaja Asif.” He said that what Shehbaz Sharif told the National Assembly was out of context.

He said that Shehbaz Sharif was trying to influence the inquiries. NAB doesn’t arrest anyone without any reason. He said what Shehbaz told the National Assembly was out of context.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said that the government has given unprecedented media freedom. He said no media trial is being conducted of any politician, adding law is equal for anyone and will take its course.

He said that Rs1.43 billion was spent on the construction of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif office and former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s camp offices.

A written reply stating that the camp office in Jati Umra continued to work after the appointment of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as PM was submitted.

The Jati Umra office used
more than Rs9 million in five
years while Rs5.1 million were spent by the Islamabad office in two years, it added.

Fake degree case

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear a fake degree case against DG NAB Lahore Shahzad Saleem.

He is accused of submitting fake documents to secure employment. The case will be heard on November 12.

Moreover, the NAB Chairperson Javed Iqbal has taken notice of Shahzad’s interviews to television channels.