PTI to resist bid to clip NAB’s wings

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Observer Report

Islamabad—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has warned that his party would resist every attempt by the ruling PML-N to clip the wings of National Accountability Commission.
“Both Prime Minister and Punjab Chief Minister are issuing threats to the commission. We strongly condemn them,” Khan said. “If NAB is doing good job, it should be praised and commended by the government,” he said while addressing a press conference along with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Pervez Khan Khattack and other provincial ministers.
Khan said that NAB should be made an independent and autonomous body. “It is shameful to see federal government making Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtasab Commission amendments a reason to attack and undermine the NAB. We will not let that happen,” he said.
“As per my commitment, KPEC will remain independent and will have all the powers to nab any corrupt individual in the province.
“Independent accountability has been the cornerstone of my struggle since last 20 years and let me assure you all that I will never back down from it,” he said.
Imran Khan dispelled the impression that former KPEC chief General (retd) Hamid Khan was facing any trouble from the government.
“Not once did I or Pervez Khattak give any statement against Gen Hamid or KPEC when our sitting minister (Ziaullah Afridi) got arrested,” he argued.
“If there is any amendment which impedes the process of accountability, we will review with the help of well reputed lawyers/judges. I will personally head a committee which will comprise of lawyers and judges. We will review any amendment which can hinder accountability,” Khan announced.
“I will make sure that we counter this impression created that we have clipped the wings of KPEC,” Khan pledged. Imran said his party will strongly oppose any effort to create hurdle in the way of the accountability at central or provincial level.
He said Gen (retd) Hamid Khan has not written about any pressure of government in his resignation as DG Ahtesab Commission of KP.
Imran said he will personally review the committee and take review of the amendments made in the accountability commission law. He said Hamid Khan was of the view that accountability commission should be under the NAB.
Imran said the corruption of eight billion rupees was committed during one day in Pakistan.
Imran khan held press conference for the clarification on the amendment in accountability commission ordinance and Director General’s resignation.
PTI’s chairman condemned government’s actions taken against NAB. Imran Khan declared strong opposition to these actions.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said during the press conference that accountability institution was not being revoked. Lt.Gen. (r) Hamid Khan had raised false allegations, he added.