Abbasi resents NAB’s intrusion


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From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed his resentment over the alleged interference of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the executive’s affairs at a federal Cabinet meeting held yesterday, sources have revealed.

According to sources, Prime Minister Abbasi stated that it was not necessary that every decision taken by NAB was correct.

The chief executive further said that the ongoing rift between the institutions was detrimental to the progress of the country, adding that the executive is constitutionally mandated to take decisions. Abbasi said that in case of wrong decisions, it was exclusively the executive’s mandate to correct it.

“Who will make decisions if the executive is threatened?” PM Abbasi said. The premier said that the bureaucracy has stopped working due to the fear of receiving notices from NAB.

The Federal Cabinet has also rejected NAB’s request to provide it with records of departmental heads of state-owned entities, including Pakistan Steel Mills and Sui Southern Gas Company.

Prime Minister Abbasi and the cabinet expressed the view that a framework to provide records must exist, as the executive cannot be subservient to the anti-graft body.

The Federal Cabinet approved the formation of a committee, to be headed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan, which will form a framework for the correspondence between the executive and NAB.

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