Resolutions against PM's 'threat' to NAB

By Afzal Khan

Published: Wed 17 Feb 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 18 Feb 2016, 8:28 AM

The opposition in Punjab and Sindh assemblies have moved resolutions denouncing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's threat to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman to stop campaign of 'harassment' of innocent people and bureaucrats.The resolutions termed the statement as direct and illegal interference in the functioning of the NAB to halt proposed steps being taken by it against some favourite groups and individual functionaries of federal and Punjab governments.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah addressing a news conference in Lahore on Wednesday defended the premier's statement as a legitimate concern over the tactics being adopt-ed by NAB on pretext of eliminating corruption. He said as chief executive and Leader of the House in the National Assembly and the Senate, the PM has full authority to expect head of any subordinate institution to act responsibly and stop harassment of government functionaries.Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan responded to former president Asif Ali Zardari's statement that besides NAB, other organisations like the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), were also active in Sindh.
Zardari referred to former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain's case being handled by FIA on charges of corruption. Nisar offered to constitute a judicial commission to review all such cases to the satisfaction of the opposition while emphatically asserting that no politician or government functionary would suffer any undue action by it.Nisar also asserted that there is no organised network of militant group Daesh in Pakistan.Rana Sanaullah said the government had not received any evidence regarding organisational structure of Daesh in the country. However, he accepted that only a few people from Pakistan went to Syria while many were stopped from doing so.The law minister went on to say that law enforcers were best per-forming in Punjab, adding that LEAs were also taking actions in Kacha areas as well.

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