APP66-09 ISLAMABAD: May 09 - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressing in National Assembly. APP


ISLAMABAD, May 9 (APP):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday took strong exception to a statement by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) that accused former Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif of sending US 4.9 billion dollars to India through money laundering and called for a special committee of the parliament to probe into the matter.
“The NAB chairman or his staff need to be summoned by the Parliament and asked how they got this information, what are their sources, what record do they have about the allegation?” he said on a point of order here at the National Assembly floor.
The prime minister read out the press release of the NAB, available on its website and termed it a very serious allegation. He said it had brought bad name to the country as the NAB chairman has accused the three-time elected prime minister of the country for being involved in money laundering funds to India.
He said he felt very concerned as he along with the leader of opposition Syed Khursheed Ahemd Shah was the one who approved the name of Justice Retd Javed Iqbal to head the accountability bureau.
He said “this is a very serious issue and and a special committee of the parliament needs to be constituted under the Rule 244 to investigate the matter and bring the facts before the nation.”
Abbasi speaking about the ongoing cases of NAB against the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said he failed to see that the all requirements of justice were being met. He said it was important that not only justice must be done; it must also be seen to be done.
He said an amendment in the NAB laws was lying pending for quite some time and now his government was willing to go ahead with it to ensure that there was a check on NAB.