Govt has no plan to clip NAB powers: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the government had no plan to clip the powers of National Accountability Bureau.

“The government is neither annoyed with or afraid of it,” he said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Sunday.

He recalled that the NAB institution was, in fact, constituted by military dictator General Pervez Musharraf against Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leadership.

He said both General Musharraf and former President Asif Ali Zardari used NAB for thirteen years against PML-N leaders, but could not find anything wrong. So when the hostile governments could not prove any irregularity against PML-N leadership, how can they be scared now.

In fact, Chaudhry Nisar said the prime minister had advised NAB not to harass investors and businessmen, who had complained to him about the intimidation by the NAB.

Therefore, he stressed, the Prime Minister’s statement should be taken in this very perspective.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan reiterated his offer to Pakistan People’s Party for judicial scrutiny of FIA investigations into seven or eight mega corruption scandals of PPP era. He said PPP government was the only regime in the world, which made huge corruption even in hajj money.

He said EOBI, PSO, Abandoned Properties Evacuee Trust, New Islamabad Airport, PIA, and other major scams emerged during previous PPP government.

The Minister said the FIA conducted independent investigations into these scams without any government or political influence. The PML-N government is ready for giving a briefing to all opposition parties, including PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami on these scams.

Chaudhry Nisar said the PPP was trying to save only Dr Asim Hussain by accusing FIA of trespassing. He said FIA has recovered over 14.5 billion rupees looted money. He recommended to increase salaries and other benefits of FIA officials.

Radio Pakistan