The leaked tapes of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, Javed Iqbal has intensified the controversy as Opposition leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Friday (May 24) demanded a parliamentary committee to Javed Iqbal over an alleged sexual misconduct scandal aired by a private news channel.
“The committee should investigate the issue of the NAB chairperson,” Sharif, also the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said. “The committee should question the prime minister [Imran Khan] and the NAB chairperson.”
On the other hand, former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said: “Today, it is evident that the NAB chairperson is being blackmailed and pressure is being built to take action against the Opposition.” “The investigation should be done on the Parliamentary forum,” he said, adding that the truth must be shared with the public.
He said the channel which aired the recording is owned by an adviser and friend of the Prime Minister. “Taher A Khan [owner of private news channel had provided funds for the PTI for election and also launched its media campaign. The matter leads to the prime minister. The PM House is responsible for the whole matter,” he added.
“It appears that NAB chairman is being forced to take action against the opposition. The matters have aggravated. The matter concerns NAB chairman, the PM House and the prime minister and his adviser. “If the matter concerns the entire country, the parliament is responsible to arrive at a solution. The parliamentary forum is the only way to discuss pressure on NAB.”
He said that initially PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif had posted a tweet to ignore the leaked audio calling it a personal matter of the NAB chairman. But then ‘serious links’ surfaced that indicated there could be threats to the NAB chairman, he added.
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27 September, 2019