ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took center stage in the debate during today’s Senate session, with Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla seeking accountability of the anti-graft watchdog.
The deputy chairman questioned the federal government’s reservations to hold NAB accountable. “The families of NAB officers live abroad, who will check their returns? Our fight will continue until NAB officials declare their assets,” he said.
Manviwalla said if the Parliament is scared into silence, there can be no hope for ordinary citizens. He claimed that he had been receiving messages threatening more inquiries if he did not stop speaking out. “
You can initiate as many inquiries, I will speak out even more. I will hold a press conference every week with other NAB affectees,” he said, urging the Parliament to meet people who have been ‘targeted’ by the anti-graft watchdog.
Referring to NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal’s statement that he was being blackmailed, the deputy chairman urged him to come before the Senate and parliamentary panel and appraise them of who was behind the blackmail.
“On December 29, the bureau announced it was filing a reference against me but when asked, they said it has not been filed yet. Now, at long last, they have filed a reference,” he said, demanding an open trial.
The deputy chairman emphasized that NAB was making doing business in the country difficult by going after everyone’s accounts.