National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Monday (Nov. 12), directed all NAB officials for not giving interviews to media outlets. During his visit to Lahore office to review performance regarding corruption cases, he made it clear that only bureau’s spokesperson would be responsible for giving “NAB’s version to the media and public”.
“If the media channels request for information regarding any reference or case, only the bureau’s spokesperson has been authorised to share the relevant information [with them],” it is stated. “NAB is strictly following the policy of ‘accountability for all’ and taking mega corruption cases to their logical conclusion is the first priority,” he said during the visit.
“NAB respects all the honourable members of the assembly,” the chairman said, adding that the “bureau had sought record of media interviews by NAB Director-General Lahore Maj (retd) Shahzad Saleem from the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)”.
Chairman NAB, asked Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), for complete record of NAB Lahore DG Shahzad Saleem’s interviews, so that action could be taken. Last week, during National Assembly, session, opposition parties accused Saleem of carrying out a ‘media trial’ of opposition politicians and urged the house for ‘immediate intervention’ in the matter. Earlier , Saleem in political talk shows on different TV channels. talked about the ongoing corruption charges against PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and said that “NAB would file a reference by the end of this month against Shehbaz, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly”.
Addressing a press conference, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that “It has become clear what NAB is doing,” the PML-N leader said. “A NAB official is conducting media trial of MNAs on the directions of the accountability watchdog’s chairman.”
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17 November, 2019