Chairman NAB excuses himself from appearing before parliamentary committee

ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau(NAB) Justice(R) Javed Iqbal has excused himself today from appearing before the Parliamentary committee, which had summoned him over the allegations  made by anti- graft body against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for laundering money worth billion of Dollars to India.

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According to sources, the Chairman could not appear before the committee as the former has scheduled its executive committee session in a bid to review ongoing corruption cases in the Accountability Court.

However deputy chairman NAB will appear before the parliamentary committee, Newsone reported.

Moreover, sources privy to development has made it clear that the Chairman NAB did not receive any notification pertaining to his summon by the parliamentary committee.

The source also added, that media reports could not determine that NAB chairman was summoned by the committee.

On Tuesday, National Assembly’s standing committee for Law and Justice summoned the NAB chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal in the money laundering interrogation against Nawaz Sharif, Newsone reported on Tuesday.

According to details, the session of standing committee for law and justice was to take place at 2:00 PM.
The committee also ordered the NAB chief to be accompanied by officers involved in the probe.

On May 8, NAB had issued a press release stating that will probe alleged laundering of $4.9 billion to India by Nawaz and others.

The press release mentioned that the information was taken from the Migration and Remittance Book 2016. However, the State Bank of Pakistan had rejected this information on September 21, 2016, the petition noted.

A petition also submitted before the Supreme Court of Pakistan, seeking the court to dismiss chairman National Accountability Bureau(NAB) Justice(R) Javed Iqbal from heading anti-graft body.

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

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