Strategy prepared to remove traders’ fears: PM

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that a strategy has been prepared to remove the business community’s reservations about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
While speaking to a delegation of members of various chambers of commerce and industry, the premier added that a committee of business personalities was being formed to resolve the reservations.
Prime Minister Imran’s remarks come amid concerns that NAB’s investigations were impacting business activity.
In August, the federal cabinet had decided to make some procedural changes in NAB’s working to provide a “fearless” environment for business activities and investment for the revival of the slowing economy.
Meanwhile, in his meeting with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the premier said that Pakistan’s development was linked to the economy and added that the government was committed to providing “all possible facilities” to the business community for profitable business activities.
Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh; Adviser to PM on Commerce, Textile, Industries and Production and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood; Board of Investment Chairman Zubair Gillani and others also participated in the meeting.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman retired justice Javed Iqbal on Thursday announced to hand over all tax-related cases to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
While addressing the traders’ community in Lahore, the NAB chief refuted speculations on certain section of the media that there was any nexus between the government and the accountability watchdog in the filings and proceedings of the corruption cases.
“Those, who were once seen on bicycles, could be seen [building] towers in Dubai […] until my approval, there couldn’t be any plea bargain,” he said.

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