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May 26, 2019

Difference of opinion in PML-N on NAB chairman

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May 26, 2019

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senior leader Malik Mohammad Ahmed Khan on Saturday exposed the confusion among the party ranks on the issue of alleged leaked videos showing NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal’s indecent conversation with a woman.

Malik Ahmad addressed a press conference, demanding the NAB chairman’s resignation for his interview to a journalist, which contravened his official position. He said then the leaked videos with a woman damaged his moral position. Malik Ahmad announced filing defamation suits against both the NAB chairman and the journalist, besides filing a contempt of court petition against them. He said the NAB chairman leveled baseless and serious allegations against former chief minister and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif in that interview which damaged his position as chief accountability officer, and later his videos undermined his moral status.

Malik Ahmed, who had been the Punjab government’s spokesman during his party’s rule, and is a member of the Punjab Assembly, said the NAB performance has been seriously flawed. Besides political parties, even senior judges have been critical of NAB’s highhandedness. He reminded that “people including high-ranking officials committed suicide because of NAB notices. Accusations were made against Shahbaz Sharif without any evidence”. However, just couple of hours after his press conference, PML-N Central Secretary Information Marriyum Aurangzeb refuted Malik Ahmed’s demand for the NAB chairman’s resignation and arrest, saying that it is not the party policy and is his personal opinion.

She said the PML-N stance has been made clear by Shahbaz Sharif and PML-N Vice President Shahid Khaqan Abbasi when they demanded a parliamentary commission to probe the matter of the NAB chairman’s interview and alleged videos.

Meanwhile, Hamza Shahbaz, while talking to the media, said the matter of the NAB chairman should be raised with the Supreme Judicial Council. He alleged that the NAB is responsible for economic disaster of the country as the bureau’s actions have spread panic among the business community. It has been proved that Imran Khan is an incompetent prime minister, Hamza concluded.

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