NAB tells PAC PM requested chairman to not seem earlier than committees

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ISLAMABAD:

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 right now below the chairmanship of MNA Rana Tanveer Hussain, which the NAB chief didn’t attend.

The rationale for Iqbal’s absence was revealed in a letter written by NAB to the secretary of the meeting, that acknowledged that PM Imran had authorized “that the Director Normal would symbolize 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 capabilities and tasks of the Chairman NAB”.

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

Taking exception to the letter, PAC Chairman Rana Tanveer acknowledged 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.

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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 must 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 must be accounted for,” he maintained.

In keeping with 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 “expensive to the prime minister”.

He acknowledged that they must observe what the regulation says, including that the federal government ought to remember that this is able to 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 could be current, and had even picked the date for the assembly himself.

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

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

Pakistan Peoples Get together Senator Sherry Rehman acknowledged 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 social gathering 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.

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“We acquired a letter in a single day relating to this choice,” she instructed 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 acknowledged 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, somewhat needed 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 in regards to 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 very 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.

A duplicate of the NAB letter obtainable with The Categorical Tribune.

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