Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (R) Javed Iqbal on Thursday (July 4) claimed that he would tender his resignation if those who accuse him of carrying out political revenge prove their allegations. Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, Justice (R) Javed Iqbal said that the stress of accountability should be strict for those who were in government for last 45 years and not those who just assumed the office.
Iqbal further said it was very easy to chant slogans about political revenge or that NAB is doing a one-sided inquiry. “If you can prove that any NAB personnel including the NAB chairman met with any MNA or MPA, then I will resign from my post.”
He reaffirmed: “NAB does not believe in any sort of political revenge. Neither do we have any dispute with anyone. We always view the case, not the face”. Iqbal added, “Some people have been assured that NAB is taking political revenge or that NAB’s attention is focused towards one place.”
“NAB does not look at the face but at the case. There have been numerous cases which NAB did not pursue due to a lack of evidence. There was never a question of political revenge,” he said, adding, the accountability watchdog is not in a dispute with anyone over property. “Why would NAB take revenge?” Iqbal said. “Our first and last priority is Pakistan.”
Speaking about the current cases under investigation, Iqbal said, “All cases under NAB investigation are there with evidence. Money laundering cases have evidence and in time we will tell how we conduct investigations. When the time comes we will present the evidence in courts, because it is not our job to hand punishment. We present evidence and the rest is up to the court.” On the subject of no cases coming to an end, Iqbal said filing reference is NAB’s job. “1,250 cases are under way in court,” he said.
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