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NAB utilized by kleptocrats to alter loyalties and save themselves. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi denounced the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB), terming it a “instrument” with which “kleptocrats change loyalties and save themselves”.

“The place are all of the kleptocrats? The place are those who made cash? They sit in each authorities that’s shaped in Pakistan,” he stated, whereas addressing the Asma Jahangir Convention.

“I’m all for accountability — if you’d like accountability. NAB isn’t accountability. NAB is no matter it’s — it’s political engineering, it’s manipulating politics, it’s punishing individuals with out convicting them,” he remarked.

The PML-N stalwart went on to say NAB is about “victimisation” — not that of a person, or a gaggle of people, or perhaps a political social gathering. “The entity paying the worth as we speak are the individuals of Pakistan,” he elaborated.

Earlier, at the beginning of his handle, Abbasi stated that the query of accountability or victimisation is one thing that’s mentioned loads “however the actuality of the scenario stays unclear”.

“It stays unclear as a result of we intentionally cloud the information. The legal guidelines are misused,” he stated, including: “Just a few who get up endure, and the entire nation suffers.”

Abbasi stated that though he doesn’t need his speech to be some type of a “private narrative”, he stood in accountability courts for 12 years and spent three years in jail. He stated he doesn’t remorse what he stated or did, “however two questions stay: what’s the function of accountability and what has accountability delivered to the nation”.

Answering the 2, he stated the aim is “very clear”. He stated since Pakistan got here into being, there was all the time some type of accountability regulation, altering solely in identify over time.

“There’s been one consistency in all these legal guidelines — they do not apply to the individuals who created these legal guidelines.”