NAB chief rejects notion of selective accountability

NAB chief rejects notion of selective accountability

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The NAB Chief Justice retired Javed Iqbal on Tuesday made in-person appearance before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to brief the members of the parliamentary panel on accountability watchdog’s audit. APC Chairman Rana Tanveer while addressing the NAB chief remarked that he held him in high esteem but regretted that it took him too long to appear before the panel. While mentioning NAB chief’s excessive appearances before the media, Rana Tanveer asked him to take the parliamentary committee into confidence as well. “You are a former judge that’s why people have expectations from you,” APC chairman remarked.
It was decided that an in-camera session of the PAC would be held on Jan 6 in which the NAB chief would answer committee’s questions in detail. The committee also asked the NAB chief to bring audit documents along with him. “I will satisfy the committee’s members on each and every matter and if I fail to do so, I will go home straight,” retired justice Javed Iqbal said. Talking to media after attending the PAC meeting, when Mr Iqbal was asked by a journalist that he was labelled as ‘daily wages chairman’ by PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, he said only those people who had cases against them were not satisfied with him.
“Their statements do not carry any weight,” he added.
The NAB head reiterated that to talk about the ‘selective accountability’ was 100% unjustified as it neither happened in the past, nor would it happen in future.
He said that he always respected and would always respect parliament. He said due to his hectic schedule, he could not come to the parliament before.
To a question that he was being criticized for getting an extension in his tenure, Mr Iqbal said those people should be criticized who promulgated the NAB ordinance, not him.
Rejecting the allegation that the anti-corruption watchdog fovoured government officials, the NAB chief said that the Peshawar High Court (PHC) decision against Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak was a clear proof of that.
A journalist asked him if there were no government official involved in corruption. On which, he retorted: “Don’t you know that NAB is investigating into Sabteen Khan case and billion trees project.”
He further explained the FIA was probing the flour and wheat scandals, not the NAB.