NAB chairman must prove his impartiality, says PPP

Party calls for across the board accountability of politician, judges and army

Our Correspondent December 12, 2018
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal. PHOTO: PPI / FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has become a biased institution and NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal will have to prove his impartiality.

Whosoever gets paid from national treasury must be held accountable. There should be similar laws for accountability of politicians, judiciary and army, said the PPP leaders –Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Maula Bakhsh Chandio, Farhatullah Babar – during a joint press conference on Tuesday.

They said whenever the PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari holds a public rally, he receives a NAB notice within 48 hours. The PPP has been facing such notices since 1990s.

The PPP Secretary General Bukhari said the PPP chairman has been summoned by NAB chairman in a case regarding purchase of land. “Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has been called after 21 years; we strongly condemn summoning of Bilawal. If hatred is sowed, hatred will be reaped too.” He said NAB has always played an important role in strengthening ‘these’ political parties by breaking other parties.

Farhatullah Babar said NAB has become a political institution and its chairman works on political directives to achieve political motives. “NAB laws should be amended. There should be similar laws for the military, judiciary and politicians,” he added.

Maula Bakhsh Chandio said NAB chairman will have to prove his impartiality. “We want to uphold democracy. But we would strongly protest if such attitude with our leadership continued.”

He said the PPP wants democracy to work but democracy is being derailed by adopting the path of dictatorship. To a question, Bukhari said the PPP will defend the Constitution given by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and would not let the system derail.

“Current [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf] government does not want the institutions to work,” he said.



Akram Malik | 4 years ago | Reply No, the chairman of the NAB does not need to prove his impartiality. When the corrupt and dishonest are called in to account for their ill begotten wealth, they come with excuses, such as, the opponents are being victimised all of the prosecutor is biased against them. The matter is simple, where is the money trail, what happened to the Swiss bank accounts, why was the former staffer of the former president, assisting model Ayyan Ali, why was the top guns of the PPP defending the model. If the PPP leadership, feel that they are clean then they should go to court. It will not wash by merely alleging that the NAB Chairman has to prove his impartiality. No he does not have to do anything of the sort.
Saleem | 4 years ago | Reply How does he prove his impartiality? Do they want all cases to be withdrawn to prove this?
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