PESHAWAR: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Thursday stressed that probing into corruption is not a ‘crime’.
“It is not a crime to make queries about when and how corruption was done,” the NAB chairman said while addressing a ceremony in Peshawar.
“We shall continue to do so even if it is considered a crime by anyone,” he added in an apparent reference to prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s criticism regarding an inquiry against him and others for allegedly laundering $4.9 billion to India.
Reiterating that corruption will not be tolerated anymore, Iqbal said, “Whatever the anti-graft body is doing is in the best interest of the country.”
He further stated that the bureau had remained under its legal and Constitutional jurisdiction to do its job and it would continue to do so.
The bureau recently came under fire after Justice (retd) Iqbal ordered a probe into alleged money laundering by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and others which was highlighted by a column in a local publication. INP