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NAB should become independent body: Imran

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should become an independent institution and the Supreme Court should appoint its head.

He was speaking to the media at a press conference in Bani Gala.

“Some 12 corruption cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are pending in NAB,” Khan said, adding that NAB cannot perform its duties if the federal government oversees its matters.

Khan accused NAB of fuelling corruption in the country. “They’re letting the corrupt and powerful people go under the pretext of plea bargains,” he said, adding the NAB chairman should resign himself.

“Even the interior minister wants NAB to operate under the Supreme Court,” Khan said.

“The public and the opposition did not have any faith left in the accountability bureau. Now even the members of the (federal) government are speaking against it,” the PTI chief added.

He further accused PM Nawaz of lying in the National Assembly as well as in the Supreme Court, saying that Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had already told the truth about the premier’s corruption.

He was referring to Dar’s handwritten statement, given before a magistrate back on April 25, 2000, in which he had alleged the premier laundered money during the late 1990s.

The PTI chief said that the entire public believes PM Nawaz is guilty of money laundering. “But it also knows he will go unpunished,” he added.

When asked about the short attendance of PTI MNAs from the National Assembly, Khan said that it is a form of ‘protest’ and his party workers were busy working for the public.

“The job of the opposition is to question the executive powers. We are doing our job,” Khan said.

courtesy : dawn news

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