ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Housing and Employment Tariq Bashir Cheema asked Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday and told him about his party’s concern over the reopening of a decades-old investigation by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of the Pakistan-Quaid Muslim League (PML-Q) senior leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi.
In a statement after the meeting, Cheema said that he had asked PM Imran why NAB Justice (r) leader Javed Iqbal opened a long-standing problem when the country was in an emergency due to a coronavirus outbreak.
“Whether the NAB chairman takes action on his own or at the request of others must be investigated,” he said, adding that the prime minister had assured an investigation into the matter.
PML-Q leaders have petitioned the Lahore High Court, the LHC, alleging that the oversight of accountability is a political engineering body and raised questions about its investigative authority.
In addition, the petition requested the court to declare the reopening of a case that was nearly two decades by the authorities as illegal.
In the petition, the politicians highlighted that the court had previously decided on the role of the NAV and the wrong method of investigation.
The petitioners, who are important allies to the government, argue that the formation of NAVs, credibility, alignments and their use for political engineering have become a matter of intense debate not only by all political parties but also by human rights organizations and intelligence – both at the national and international.
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