NAB, other state institutions are independent: Abid Sher Ali

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FAISALABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Saturday said that all the state institutions including the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are independent.


Talking to media at FESCO headquarters, the PML-N leader said that NAB can initiate investigation if there is any proof against anyone in Punjab and the government has no objection if all the institutions work within their limits.

He said that the ruling PML-N has always supported accountability and never created hurdle in the process but it is inappropriate to toss anyone’s turban without any proof.

To a question, he said that the country is progressing due to the government’s positive policies.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is one of the country’s most important institutions entrusted with rooting out corruption. On one hand NAB comes under intense pressure by the opposition parties for its lenience toward investigating cases against government, and on the other hand if they do dare scrutinize such cases, they get scolded by the highest officials in the government.

Last month, while addressing the PML-N workers in Bahawalpur, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had stated that NAB was abusing its authority and defaming and harassing individuals over false allegations.

He warned NAB that it must act responsibly; saying that its abuse of authority and harassment of innocent people raises serious concerns.

Previously, the National Accountability Bureau had provided the Supreme Court of Pakistan with a total of 150 ‘mega corruption’ cases worth billions of rupees.

The documents provided include corruption cases against the likes of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and many other prominent personalities.

Earlier, NAB was heavily criticized by Justice Amir Hani Muslim who questioned the recent hiring made by NAB and asked for the total number of people who are working at senior positions in the bureau.

Justice Amir criticized NAB for misusing the ‘plea bargain act’ and questioned the Chairman NAB for the credibility of the act used by the institution as a process of consolidation in major corruption cases.