.ISLAMABAD: The committee for law and justice in National Assembly has summoned NAB Chairman, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, has been summoned to National Assembly for launching investigation in allegations over former premiere, Nawaz Sharif, for laundering money $4.9 billion into India.
The investigation was said to have been launched over a newspaper column which had alleged that the Former three time Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, had laundered money into India. The column was said to have cited from World Bank’s remittance and immigration report. However; World Bank denied the claim of the column by stating that there was no mention of money laundering or any names in their report.
After the allegations by NAB Chairman, PM Khaqan Abbasi had said in National Assembly that the allegations were of very serious nature. He said that if NAB Chairman has any proof it should be presented in the Assembly. PM Abbasi had requested speaker, Ayaz Sadiq, to summon the NAB Chairman in Assembly to prove the allegations.
Afterwards, in a press conference, the former premiere, Nawaz Sharif, himself had demanded for NAB chairman to provide proof or resign from his post. He had given a deadline of 24 hours to the NAB chairman in the press conference. Many lawmakers from other parties, however; had said that no wrong was done in launching an investigation into corruption suspicion.
NAB Chairman, himself had said that probing into corruption is not a crime. He said that he will continue to do so whenever suspicion of corruption would arise.
Two lawmakers from PPP, Naveed Qamar and Shagufta Jamani, have resigned from the National Assembly after the summon. They have said that such acts in the Assembly hinder the accountability that is ongoing in the country.