Right after the Supreme Court’s remarks on the credibility and integrity of NAB in Paragon City Housing Scheme case against PML-N stalwart Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique, the demand for dissolving the bureau has been accelerated.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) senior leadership held a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday and demanded the disbanding of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), blaming that it was being used by the government as a tool for political engineering and victimization of political adversaries.
Addressing the press conference after a joint parliamentary party meeting of PML-N, the former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed his displeasure by saying that there was no reason for NAB now to carry on its operation after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the case of Khawaja Brothers. Former Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, former Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and former Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique also shared their views on the occasion.
Earlier, the joint parliamentary party meeting commended the Supreme Court decision through a resolution and observed that NAB had completely lost its credibility and the law of its formation was no more valid after the judgment of the apex court about the bureau’s performance and working. The meeting concluded with a demand from the NAB chairman to step down from his portfolio on immediate basis.
There is no justification for NAB to continue its working , PML-N bashed
It further noted that the civilized nations used to consider the description of facts by the superior judiciary; equivalent to charge-sheet. It was revealed that the Supreme Court’s verdict affirmed the narrative of opposition parties; therefore NAB and the NAB law both should be obliterated at the earliest. The meeting urged the government to initiate a legislative process so that a transparent accountability law could be formulated and implemented in the light of constitution, law and justice.
The meeting also observed that the NAB law should have been used for curbing corruption in the society unlike the current situation where the government is busy in using the bureau for breaking the political parties, swapping the loyalties and arm-twisting of political opponents to get the desired results.
In an ironic judgment on Monday, the Supreme Court bashed the accountability laws of the country, saying that these laws were being executed to fracture the political parties by arm-twisting and pressurizing the political opponents. The apex court made these remarks in a case related to the bail application of Khawaja Saad Rafique against his alleged unlawful arrest and detention by NAB.
Joint parliamentary party meeting demands the Chairman NAB to resign immediately
The meeting also expressed its regret over record upsurge in dollar price against the rupee and warned that this would lead the external debt burden to a dangerous level besides inducing the worst poverty, price hike, unemployment and escalation in the cost of doing business. The meeting held the Prime Minister responsible for supporting mafias and creating the sugar and petrol crises.
The meeting also criticized the inclusion of un-elected advisors in Prime Minister’s cabinet who had been running the country’s affairs. The PM (through meeting’s narrative) was reminded of his previous statements on the disclosure of “Dual National Advisors” and was categorically demanded to take resignations from such ministers and advisors.