NAB not to arrest any contestant till General Elections 2018

July 4, 2018

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday has decided not to apprehend any contestant before general elections 2018 scheduled on July 25. As per details, the huddle of NAB’s executive board was held here in Islamabad on Wednesday.

In the light of above decision, graft proceedings against former foreign minister Khawaja Asif, Rana Afzal and Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan have been suspended till General Elections 2018.

The accountability board made it overtly clear the decision has nothing to do with elections or politics.

“Indiscriminate efforts are underway for corruption-free Pakistan. NAB does not believe in revenge proceedings against anyone”, cleared NAB chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

The NAB is holding inquiry against a number of political leaders in relation to alleged corruption in projects.

The NAB arrested on Tuesday former chairman of the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Jawed Hanif in an ongoing inquiry.

According to the bureau, the former chairman is accused of misuse of power and illegal appointments in the department — which cost the government Rs2.80 billion.

On June 26, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore had arrested PML-N ticket holder Qamarul Islam from NA-59 Rawalpindi-III in connection with Punjab Saaf Pani Company corruption case.

The arrest came a day after the PML-N fielded Islam against disgruntled PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the NA-59 constituency.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other PMLN leaders have spoken in favor of Qamarul Islam in recent days.  On Monday, Abbasi said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested PML-N candidate Qamarul Islam Raja when he is innocent and does not have any cases registered against him anywhere in the country. Abbasi said retired Gen Pervez Musharraf established NAB to sweep out PML-N from Pakistan. NNI