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PTI calls for removal of NAB chairman, says he failed to investigate Panama leaks

Published Apr 21, 2017 08:09pm


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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Friday said it will file a reference asking for the removal of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman from his post over his alleged failure to carry out investigations in the Panama leaks case, as pointed out by the Supreme Court.

The announcement in this regard was made by PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry while addressing a press conference in the federal capital. “The reference will be filed under Article 209,” he said.

He said that the PML-N leaders have not thoroughly read the decision.

“The ruling states that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear before the JIT, along with his sons, as a criminal,” Chaudhry said.

If Nawaz Sharif had any moral standing or courage, he would have had resigned by now, the PTI spokesperson said.

Earlier in the day, PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced his party's intention to hold a rally in Islamabad next Friday to "demand Nawaz Sharif's resignation".

Speaking to reporters outside the National Assembly, Khan posed the question: "How will the PML-N confront the public after the comments made in the Supreme Court judgement?"

"I asked the PML-N supporters, what were you distributing sweets for yesterday? You should have read the full judgement," he said.

Khan's announcement came a day after the Supreme Court's decision on the Panamagate case said it would constitute a Joint Investigation Team to probe the Sharif family's wealth.

What was initially hailed as a win by the PML-N later became an embarrassment for the party as its opposition touted the 2:3 split verdict — neither a clean chit, nor a disqualification — with a strongly-worded dissenting note by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa as an indication that the court had been unable to find Nawaz Sharif innocent.


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The end is near Apr 21, 2017 08:38pm

Very valid and correct demand by PTI and Imran Khan. Corrupt NAB chairman must be removed immediately. All other parties are Muk-Mukka and money-making parties so they are happy to continue looting the national wealth of Pakistan under a corrupt NAB chairman therefore other parties will never demand the removal of corrupts from top and important positions. Only PTI is seriously fighting against corruption for a better future of Pakistan.

Muhammad zafar iqbal Apr 21, 2017 08:39pm

PTI should first put the things in order in KPK then ask others to do right.

ft Apr 21, 2017 08:40pm

He should not just be removed, he should be investigated and put behind bars for good.

Khan Apr 21, 2017 08:45pm

Dear IK classic joke has already started - no one is going to remove NAB Cheif, probably none other as well. Maula Qadiri predictions were/are on the mark.

CHARLIE Apr 21, 2017 08:46pm

@Muhammad zafar iqbal Those running the country into the ground for 30 years should look at themselves in the mirror before passing judgement. Pakistan suffering from every social, moral, economic and political malaise under this kleptocracy.

Muhammad Adnan Apr 21, 2017 08:47pm

@Muhammad zafar iqbal: what a childish reply, this is the reason that Pakistan never progresses because of this mindset. Its like don't call me corrupt though i am corrupt but first clean your mess what a non sense reply. Who is this NS by the way a corrupt leader or the nation's savior or may be a nation's God father who is he really? Remember, we the ordinary citizens of Pakistan have to face the hardships because of NS and Zardari's corruption. Enough is enough, we do not want looters to rule this country

ASK Apr 21, 2017 08:47pm

Fighting for just cause is not easy.. Good job PTI for showing courage.

iffi Apr 21, 2017 08:51pm

Well done PTI.

Zak Apr 21, 2017 08:56pm

@Muhammad zafar iqbal what KPK has to do with it.People like you dont admit anything wring with them.Whole world is wrong if I am wrong sick people.

Osayed Rehman Apr 21, 2017 08:58pm

Time to nab the NAB chairman.. Such spectator institutions have caused a lot of damage to this nation.

wali Apr 21, 2017 09:05pm

Pakistan is on the verge of destruction. Every where loot mar is continue

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 09:07pm

But, why don't we ask how Imran amassed over a billion rupee assets just in last one year, as he has declared in his returns?

nac Paris Apr 21, 2017 09:07pm

@Muhammad zafar iqbal Forget about KP. Atleast no major corruption scandals are surfacing on daily basis as it is happening in both Sind and Punjab where the provinces are being looted by two major parties. NAB CHAIRMAN plus his other collaborators should be fired as they have cost the nations billions of rupees through negotiated settlements and not taking any actions against big bosses who are his protectors. GOOD LUCK IK

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 09:12pm

I am surprised why PTI is silent about the over 8,000 top looters of the country who were pardoned by the then President Musharraf under his infamous National Reconciliation Order? Zardari was just one single person out of them.

Iqbal HADI ZAIDI Apr 21, 2017 09:17pm

This is really very much tragic and pathetic that NAB is slack and does not apprehend all those who loot money and therefore its chairman and other top officials must be taken to task if not then just disband NAB and save millions we spend on NAB. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

News analysis Apr 21, 2017 09:27pm

Just because Imran Khan does not like Chairman NAB he is not supposed to be removed.He has delivered a lot, however some flaws may be possible due to clause of 'plea bargain'which an individual may be different perceptions.But still this clause paid huge revenue to exchequer.This clause may be further reformed, instead fully abolishing it. Our tax allows plea bargain,our customs laws offer summary adjudications,this saves time,and are considered in national interests.

M. Ahmed Apr 21, 2017 09:32pm

@Muhammad zafar iqbal: can you please talk about subject question rather referring to attention diversion topics.

M. Ahmed Apr 21, 2017 09:39pm

@M.Saeed: people like you always come up with diversion questions. Sure IK is open to investigation now will NS do the same?

CHARLIE Apr 21, 2017 10:16pm

@M.Saeed Everything is accounted for!

missireallymiss Apr 21, 2017 10:46pm

@M. Ahmed sorry, i have no idea what that means or who you are referring ur question to. if someones doing something wrong then feel free to send the correct info in...otherwise, speak english and get to the point.

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 10:59pm

@nac Paris: Imran Khan is already under NAB scanner for his sudden enrichment of over a billion just this year.

flipflop Apr 22, 2017 01:20am

People claiming that PTI is good for nothing and their dharnas and dragging Nawaz to the court only wasted time and resources needs to understand that what PTI did was for the benefit of Pakistan. It gave us insights about our own justice systems, ethics, and morals. This showed us how corrupt our institutions are and deep down we know it that Nawaz is guilty or at least his family is guilty and Nawaz is an accomplice in money laundering. We also know that he's simply buying time until election so that he can withdraw from his position with dignity. All in all, after this whole fiasco I have come to the conclusion that we the nation is corrupt. I could be wrong but it's just my opinion that corruption resides in the us the people of Pakistan who vote for these crooks year after year. Next election, PPP, and MQM will win and another era of misery will begin.

Ps: I don't support PTI but given the circumstances I'll vote for them next election in hopes that we will get a better a future.

wali Apr 22, 2017 05:51am

Last week i was interviewed for the post of Assistant manager SWM at wssp company in peshawar, Total availible seats were 3 and i was 3rd in the merit list, i have cleared ETEA test with good marks and i have 9 years exp too. i spent around Rs. 10000 for appearing in the test and interview. Since i have no approach and no political links so my chances of selection are very less. I request CM pervaiz Khattak through Dawn news to look into the matter personnelly and directed the CEO of wssp to hire the deserve candidates only.

ozz Apr 22, 2017 07:31am

This is the right thing to do. No society can progress without justice and rule of law not matter how many CPEC it makes.

ozz Apr 22, 2017 07:38am

@M.Saeed Well he took one step against the highest public holders. Others even didnt do that. PML-N or PPP can file that. Why they are quiet.