NAB promulgated by a dictator to counter politicians: PM Abbasi

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the law of National Accountability Bureau requires serious reforms as it had been promulgated by a dictator to counter the politicians and meet his designs.

In an interview with a private television channel, he said though there should be a process for accountability but it must be within the purview of the law and the Constitution.

To a question, the Prime Minister said executive is almost paralyzed today as the officers are not willing to work. He said the easiest way for a government functionary is to do no work, else they would have to face either court or NAB.

Prime Minister Abbasi again called for dialogue among the institutions to create an understanding on each other’s functions.

Talking about the arrest of former Director General Lahore Development Authority Ahad Cheema, he said before arresting him, NAB should have framed charges and held prior investigation.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi hoped that the laws would be amended to hold the Senate elections through proportional representation in the National Assembly to avoid horse-trading.

To a question about the Financial Action Task Force’s decision on Pakistan, the Prime Minister said it does not happen by committing any crime, rather it is an administrative issue.

He said the government would manage the situation through the measures required by the UN.