The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) claimed on Thursday that Prime Minister Imran Khan had barred NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal from showing earlier than parliamentary committees, together with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
An in-camera session of the PAC was scheduled to be held at this time below the chairmanship of MNA Rana Tanveer Hussain, which the NAB chief didn’t attend.
The motive for Iqbal’s absence was revealed in a letter written by NAB to the secretary of the meeting, that acknowledged that PM Imran had accredited “that the Director General would represent Chairman NAB in his capacity of Principal Accounting Officer, before the Parliamentary Committees, including the PAC, Constitutional and Statutory Bodies”.
The letter maintained that the choice was made “in view of the statutory functions and responsibilities of the Chairman NAB”.
Moreover, principal accounting officers had been barred from showing earlier than constitutional our bodies and autonomous our bodies.
Taking exception to the letter, PAC Chairman Rana Tanveer acknowledged that he would write a letter to the Cabinet Division to confirm NAB’s letter.
He added that the if the rules give the premier the ability to decide on the DG as a consultant rather than the chairman then the committee will settle for the letter.
Tanveer additional mentioned that the place of the chief justice of the Supreme Court was completely different from that of the NAB chairman, claiming that the latter must be held accountable.
“If the government does not hold him accountable, there will be abuse of law. The money spent by the NAB chairman during his tenure will have to be accounted for,” he maintained.
According to the PAC chairman, the cupboard secretary ought to have knowledgeable him by phone and in writing whether or not the notification has been made in accordance with the regulation, and never as a result of they’re “dear to the prime minister”.
He acknowledged that they must observe what the regulation says, including that the federal government ought to remember the fact that this is able to have “far-reaching impacts”.
Member National Assembly Noor Alam Khan – who’s a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – in dialog with media mentioned that the assembly was convened on the request of the NAB chairman, who had claimed that he can be current, and had even picked the date for the assembly himself.
He claimed that it was incorrect to contain the premier, as a result of if the letter was from PM Imran then it might have come from his secretariat or the Cabinet Division.
“NAB cannot write letters to the National Assembly,” he mentioned.
Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Sherry Rehman acknowledged that the NAB chairman had himself final week requested the PAC to carry an in-camera assembly, the place he mentioned he would current the restoration figures himself.
“This was a sensitive matter and all of us abandoned our work to come to this meeting because our party also highlighted the meeting’s importance,” she mentioned.
The senator maintained that the assembly was set in response to the NAB chairman’s request, on his chosen date, and was in-camera as a result of he had requested it to be.
“We received a letter overnight regarding this decision,” she instructed the media.
Taking to Twitter, Sherry Rehman added that “all members across the board with consensus found this unacceptable and advised the Chair PAC to terminate the meeting”. She additional acknowledged that “no one is above the law”.
Today Chairman NAB had dedicated to presenting to PAC. But in a single day a brand new Principal Accounting Officer has been appointed to “represent” him. All members throughout the board with consensus discovered this unacceptable, and suggested Chair PAC to terminate the mtg. No one is above the regulation https://t.co/SBLPyUEsgU
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) January 6, 2022
PPP MNA Naveed Qamar additionally claimed that thet NAB chairman didn’t wish to be held accountable by parliamentary leaders, reasonably needed them to to be accountable earlier than him.
“The federal cabinet does not have the power to bar the NAB chairman from attending the PAC,” he added.
In a earlier listening to, NAB chairman had assured the PAC that he would go home if he couldn’t fulfill it concerning the appropriation of accounts and progress report on NAB recoveries since its inception, in an in-camera briefing slated to be held on January 6, 2022.
The assurance had come after the PAC had grilled him over unauthorised extra expenditure whereas suggesting to get it regularised from the National Assembly within the upcoming mini-budget as in any other case the quantity was recoverable from NAB.
During his final look earlier than the best accountability discussion board of the parliament, the NAB chairman had categorically mentioned that there shouldn’t be any doubt that parliament was a supreme establishment, including his earlier absence did not imply that he was a king who can’t seem earlier than PAC.
A duplicate of the NAB letter out there with The Express Tribune.