Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar rejected reports that the government was considering to remove Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.
“There is no truth in such reports. They are baseless,” he said in an exclusive interview to an English daily. Akbar blamed, “some vested interest groups” for spreading fake news of changes being made to the NAB ordinance and removal of the bureau’s chairman.
“Some people who are facing corruption cases are behind these false reports,” he said, adding that the same elements had shared fake drafts of an amended NAB ordinance on social media as well.
The statement from the prime minister’s aide comes a few days after he said that the opposition had wished to curtail NAB’s powers. Akbar had said that as far as amendments to the ordinance were concerned, the government would consult both the opposition and NAB.