LAHORE (APS) FEB 20,2016– Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should remain confined to its goals as a responsible watchdog, APS News reported Saturday.
Chief Minister urged the accountability bureau to function responsibly. He said that the government desires effective accountability procedure however, it would not allow any department to influence projects having national importance.
The statement has come in few days after Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif criticised NAB alleging the institution of raiding homes of innocent people. He was addressing a gathering of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers in Bahawalpur. He had said that the bureau should better its working and act responsibly.
The Prime Minister had further instructed the Chairman of the department to take notice of the issue.
In the days that followed, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah held a couple of press conferences in the provincial capital to clarify the ruling party’s stance after PM Nawaz’s criticism opened a debate.
Sanaullah said that Prime Minister’s statement should be taken as a recommendation and not criticism. The premier has the prerogative of instructing National Accountability Bureau if he needs to, he added.
He had said that he is liable to offer a reasonable justification if corruption worth a penny is proven against him. He urged different sections of society to draw positive conclusion off Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement regarding bureau’s working. He also said that Punjab government would welcome bureau’s action against corrupt officials in Punjab.
Later on Sanaullah went on to say that there is no pressure from any political section on the accountability department. But the bureau nabs officials for transactions that were made around 25 years back, he added.
It is worth mentioning here that NAB had apprehended Orange Line Metro project’s contractor Aamir Latif earlier which allegedly irked the Prime Minister. Kalson Private Limited, a company owned by the contractor is working on the Orange Line project launched by Punjab government.
It should also be noted here that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) seems at ease after Nawaz Sharif’s and other ruling party members’ statements over NAB’s working. Education Minister Nisar Khuhro had said that Sindh government finally found a ‘friend’ in NAB row.
PPP has been criticizing NAB for past many months after it netted former president Asif Ali Zardari’s confidant and former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain in a corruption reference.