ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said on Sunday the current economic crisis is not a government crisis, but a national crisis and when there is a national crisis, every man has the right to express his opinion.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Iqbal said the bureau will take steps that are in the interest of the country and that NAB has never under been under any influence.
“NAB is not responsible for the economic crisis. For the past few days, it is being said that NAB has been behind the economic crisis in the country,” he added.
He said, “what has NAB to do with dollar’s increasing value, I am neither an economist nor a politician. I started my life from the judiciary and my entire career is an open book.”
“We have never interfered in the telegraph transfer of the business community. If this question is being put to a public office holder how they are sending and bringing in millions of rupees then it is the accountability watchdog’s responsibility, keeping in mind the law to inquire about it,” he continued.
He said, “those keeping a public post are being questioned about money laundering and will continue to be questioned about it. However, I will never call up a business to NAB. If someone has any grievances they should inform me.”
Iqbal further said that the country is forever but the government keeps changing, adding, “whatever is in the interest of the country will be done. NAB is connected to the state, not the government. Those days are long gone when there was no interrogation. There is no question of taking dictation from the government.”
Justice Iqbal said, “a correct inquiry is not done against public representatives, those who are apprehended, the investigation against them is sabotaged by calling meetings and committees. Democracy is never in danger because of accountability. Democracy comes under damage because of actions.”
Mentioning the gray list, Justice Iqbal said, Pakistan is on the list due to issues such as money laundering, adding, “when Pakistan’s issue is on the international level, NAB will not care about these few people. The blame game is one thing, but the interest of the country is another thing.”
The chairman asserted, “NAB will always give importance to the interest of the country. We have to get Pakistan out of the greylist and to make Pakistan’s image better on an international level.”
He added, “if the accountability watchdog was on such good terms with the government, why would we have so many difficulties in getting the budget approved? On one hand, we have those who are on NAB’s radar whose lawyers take millions in fees and then there are our prosecutors who just take Rs100,000 or so.”