NAB should remain bound to its watchdog duties: Shehbaz

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Govt to reform NAB with consensus: Rashid

Staff Reporter

Lahore/Islamabad—Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that National Accountability Bureau should remain confined to its goals as a responsible watchdog.
In a statement, the Chief Minister urged the accountability bureau to function responsibly. He said that the government desires effective accountability procedure, however, it would not allow any department to influence projects having national importance.
Meanwhile, talking to media persons Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said all the political parties have expressed reservations over the modus operandi of the National Accountability Bureau and the Bureau has itself admitted that its system does have issues.
The Information Minister said these issues will be resolved through the consultation and recommendations of the elected leadership of the country.
“Any steps for reforms in the NAB will be undertaken by evolving consensus among all the stakeholders,” he added.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the government will not let the process of accountability undermine the progress of the country. He added that National Accountability Bureau Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has himself admitted that there are flaws in NAB’s system.
Pervaiz Rashid said that Pakistan People’s Party has also expressed concerns over the actions of NAB and other parties have reservations.
To a question in connection with the armed attack on India’s Pathankot airbase, Pervaiz Rashid said the FIR of the incident was lodged in Pakistan on the recommendation of a government’s committee.
Information Minister said that Pakistan fulfilled its responsibility in Pathankot issue and it would help exalt Pakistan’s image in the international community. “No one has the right to use the territory of Pakistan in a manner that would damage Pakistan”, said Rashid.
He said such steps will send a message across the world that Pakistan intends to resolve the issue and is not a part of the problem itself.
The Pakistan Muslim League–N senator said that it is the duty of Pakistan’s armed forces to defend country’s borders.