Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

N vows legal action against NAB chief if he doesn't apologize

N vows legal action against NAB chief if he doesn't apologize

Speaking to journalists outside an accountability court, hearing references filed against him by the anti-graft watchdog, Nawaz said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had called a central executive committee (CEC) meeting later today to deliberate matter pertaining to NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N Chairman Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, cabinet member Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq attended the meeting.

Sources said that the PML-N's CEC strongly denounced the money laundering allegation leveled by NAB against Nawaz Sharif, and decided that legal action would be taken against its Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

On Thursday, Nawaz had demanded the NAB chairman to present proof of money-laundering against him within 24 hours or resign.

Taking notice of a newspaper article based on a "flawed" report of the World Bank, NAB has started verification whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in sending $4.9 billion to India.

In the meeting, the PML-N's CEC also made a decision to constitute Parliamentary Board, Election Cell and Manifesto Committee. "Nawaz Sharif was my leader and will remain so", said the senior politician.

"In the past day, there have been media reports citing the World Bank's Remittances and Migration Report of 2016".

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while addressing the National Assembly two days back alleged that the institution [NAB] has overstepped its domain. "These media reports are incorrect", the World Bank said in a statement.

She said neither the constitution nor any law allowed a "license to shame" to any state institution.

The World Bank also referred to a statement by the State Bank of Pakistan which rejected estimates of $4.9 billion in remittances from Pakistan to India on September 21, 2016, and provided an explanation of the methodology used in the World Bank report and the official remittances numbers.

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