LHC issues notice to Punjab government, NAB

WEB DESK: Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued notices to the federal government and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to advocate their sides within three weeks in response to the critical statements PM Nawaz Sharif made regarding NAB’s working in Punjab on Thursday, Aaj News reported.

Advocate Gohar Nawaz Sindhu pleaded that NAB is an independent department which doesn’t come under Pakistan Muslim League’s (PML-N) authority to dictate. PM Nawaz’s critical statement on NAB code of conduct can cause hindrance in fulfilling its duties.

LHC has issued notices to respective parties for an answer on the issue within three weeks during court hearing on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Nawaz Sharif said: “The NAB is harassing government officers. They (bureaucrats) are afraid of taking decisions (signing of files of different projects) because of the NAB harassment. The NAB terrifies the government officers, hindering them from performing their duty.”

The prime minister was addressing newly-elected local government representatives of PML-N in Bahawalpur.

He further said the NAB officials entered the houses and offices of “innocent people” without verifying the authenticity of corruption or other charges.

PM added: “I have brought the matter to the notice of the NAB chairman a couple of times. He should take notice. Otherwise, the government will take legal action in this regard.”