Shehbaz demands parliamentary committee be formed over NAB chairperson issue

May 24, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif demanded Friday that a parliamentary committee be formed to probe National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairperson Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal over an alleged sexual misconduct scandal aired by a private news channel that the anti-corruption watchdog refuted.

“The committee should investigate the issue of the NAB chairperson,” Sharif, also the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said. “The committee should question the prime minister [Imran Khan] and the NAB chairperson.” On the other hand, former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said: “It is evident that the NAB chairperson is being blackmailed and pressure is being built to take action against the Opposition.”

Abbasi added that the prime minister, his friends and advisers, and the PM House were complicit in the matter, which, he termed, was “not something insignificant”. “The investigation should be done on the Parliamentary forum,” he said, adding that the truth must be shared with the public.

On Thursday night, however, Sharif had said his party would stay out of the recent matter relating to Iqbal, the NAB chairperson. “Our viewpoint on NAB is principled — which is legal in nature and we will keep voicing our concerns on all forums,” Shehbaz said on Twitter. “PML-N has nothing to do with anybody’s private life and will stick to its political and legal narrative!” Monitoring Desk