PPP lawmakers resign as NA body summons NAB chairman

PPP lawmakers resign as NA body summons NAB chairman

Islamabad (Agencies): Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Naveed Qamar and Shagufta Jumani tendered resignations from the membership of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice in protest against summoning the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal to quiz him for starting a probe into deposed premier Nawaz Sharif’s alleged money laundering on basis of a news report.

The NAB chief has been summoned in ‘personal capacity’ to explain his stance on the matter.

The panel on Tuesday summoned the head of the accountability watchdog to appear before it today [Wednesday] in connection with a NAB’s press release which said it will investigate Sharif’s alleged money laundering.

The PPP leader accused the NA panel of trying to take advantage of their absence in today’s meeting to unilaterally grill NAB chairman since both the PPP leaders are out of city.  “They knew that we would be out of town on Wednesday which is why they summoned NAB chief on this day to grill him unilaterally.”

"We believe this is interference in the functioning of NAB and we are strongly opposed to interference in the matters of other state institutions,” Qamar said.