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NAB tells PAC PM requested chairman to not seem earlier than any committee

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chairman NAB
The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) claimed on Thursday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had barred NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal from showing earlier than parliamentary committees, together with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

An in-camera session of the PAC was scheduled to be held as we speak below the chairmanship of MNA Rana Tanveer Hussain, which the NAB chief didn’t attend.

The explanation for Iqbal’s absence was revealed in a letter written by NAB to the secretary of the meeting, that said that PM Imran had accepted “that the Director Common would characterize Chairman NAB in his capability of Principal Accounting Officer, earlier than the Parliamentary Committees, together with the PAC, Constitutional and Statutory Our bodies”.

The letter maintained that the choice was made “in view of the statutory features and duties of the Chairman NAB”.

Furthermore, principal accounting officers had been barred from showing earlier than constitutional our bodies and autonomous our bodies.

Taking exception to the letter, PAC Chairman Rana Tanveer said that he would write a letter to the Cupboard Division to confirm NAB’s letter.

He added that the if the principles give the premier the facility to decide on the DG as a consultant rather than the chairman then the committee will settle for the letter.

Tanveer additional mentioned that the place of the chief justice of the Supreme Court docket was totally different from that of the NAB chairman, claiming that the latter ought to be held accountable.

“If the federal government doesn’t maintain him accountable, there will likely be abuse of regulation. The cash spent by the NAB chairman throughout his tenure should be accounted for,” he maintained.

Based on the PAC chairman, the cupboard secretary ought to have knowledgeable him by phone and in writing whether or not the notification has been made in accordance with the regulation, and never as a result of they’re “pricey to the prime minister”.

He said that they must observe what the regulation says, including that the federal government ought to remember that this might have “far-reaching impacts”.

Member Nationwide Meeting Noor Alam Khan – who’s a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – in dialog with media mentioned that the assembly was convened on the request of the NAB chairman, who had claimed that he can be current, and had even picked the date for the assembly himself.

He claimed that it was flawed to contain the premier, as a result of if the letter was from PM Imran then it could have come from his secretariat or the Cupboard Division.

“NAB can’t write letters to the Nationwide Meeting,” he mentioned.

Pakistan Peoples Celebration Senator Sherry Rehman said that the NAB chairman had himself final week requested the PAC to carry an in-camera assembly, the place he mentioned he would current the restoration figures himself.

“This was a delicate matter and all of us deserted our work to return to this assembly as a result of our celebration additionally highlighted the assembly’s significance,” she mentioned.

The senator maintained that the assembly was set in keeping with the NAB chairman’s request, on his chosen date, and was in-camera as a result of he had requested it to be.

“We obtained a letter in a single day concerning this determination,” she advised the media.

Taking to Twitter, Sherry Rehman added that “all members throughout the board with consensus discovered this unacceptable and suggested the Chair PAC to terminate the assembly”. She additional said that “nobody is above the regulation”.

PPP MNA Naveed Qamar additionally claimed that thet NAB chairman didn’t need to be held accountable by parliamentary leaders, fairly wished them to to be accountable earlier than him.

“The federal cupboard doesn’t have the facility to bar the NAB chairman from attending the PAC,” he added.

In a earlier listening to, NAB chairman had assured the PAC that he would go dwelling if he couldn’t fulfill it concerning the appropriation of accounts and progress report on NAB recoveries since its inception, in an in-camera briefing slated to be held on January 6, 2022.

The reassurance had come after the PAC had grilled him over unauthorised extra expenditure whereas suggesting to get it regularised from the Nationwide Meeting within the upcoming mini-budget as in any other case the quantity was recoverable from NAB.

Throughout his final look earlier than the best accountability discussion board of the parliament, the NAB chairman had categorically mentioned that there shouldn’t be any doubt that parliament was a supreme establishment, including his earlier absence did not imply that he was a king who can’t seem earlier than PAC.