Constitutional petition against NAB Chairman in SC filed

May 12, 2018

ISLAMABAD: A constitutional petition has been filed against National Accountability Bureau Chairperson Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal in the Supreme Court private TV channel reported Saturday.

The petition, which has been filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Noor Ahmed Awan, states that the National Accountability Bureau had released a press release on May 8 which stated that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in transferring money to India.

On May 8, the NAB had issued a press release stating that it will probe alleged laundering of $4.9 billion to India by Nawaz and others.

The press release mentioned that the information was taken from the Migration and Remittance Book 2016. However, the State Bank of Pakistan had rejected the information on September 21, 2016, the petition noted.

The petition further states that the sole purpose of the press release was to malign Nawaz Sharif. The press release has raised questions pertaining to institute’s integrity, it mentions.

Orders should be given to investigating the move to issue the press release, the petition said, adding that the NAB chairman should also submit an unconditional apology. The petition also requests for the NAB Chairman to be removed from his post.