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NAB chief dispels allegations of political motives

By Our Staff Correspondent

Lahore: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Javed Iqbal on Thursday dispelled accusations of targeting a specific political party.
Talking to media, the anti-graft watchdog chairman categorically dismissed allegations of having political motives. He said, “[NAB] is summoning accused for investigation. The notices of NAB aren’t tantamount to invitations. It is mandatory for all of us to follow the legal path”.
He went on to say that individuals—being summoned by NAB—were permitted to run the election drive as well. Iqbal reiterated that the anti-graft watchdog would continue proceedings to curb corruption.
On the other hand, NAB’s executive board has formally decided to extradite Nawaz Sharif’s son Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz through Interpol. A letter in this regard will be penned to interior ministry soon as jurisdiction to bring anyone back to country through Interpol rests with interior ministry.
Hassan and Hussain Nawaz have been indicted in Avenfield reference along with Maryam Nawaz, Nawaz Sharif and Capt (retd) Safdar. The hearing of the case is underway in an accountability court in Islamabad.
NAB action has raised
questions of fairness: Shahbaz
President of PML (N) and former Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that discriminatory actions against political parties by NAB could jeopardize the election campaign besides creating misgivings about transparency of the polls. In a statement issued here today he said that such actions against candidates of the political parties during the election campaign were inappropriate adding that it was imperative for all the institutions to work collectively in conformity with democratic traditions for ensuring free and transparent elections.
He said that the PML (N) had presented itself in the court of the people Shahbaz said that the PML (N) had contacted the ECP under article 218(3) of the constitution as it was incumbent upon it to provide level playing field to all parties.
for running their campaigns freely and to ensure the holding of transparent and impartial elections.
The President of the PML (N) said that the party believed in politics of serving the masses and had presented itself in the court of the people with those credentials. He said that the PML (N) was the most popular political party of the country and was proud of its connection with the masses. He said that the arrest of Qamrul Islam during the election campaign was highly condemnable as it could put a question mark on holding free and transparent elections.
The President of the PML (N) said that keeping the political leadership out of the electoral process like that did not augur well for the country. He said that the PML (N) did not endorse the disqualification of the candidates of PML (N) and its opponent political parties. Shahbaz reiterated that all the institutions of the country should join hands for strengthening democracy in consonance with law and the constitution. Shahbaz expressed the hope that the people would give their verdict in favour of PML (N) on 25th July by embossing a stamp of endorsement on its performance.

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