Is Nawaz Sharif guilty of laundering $4.9 billion to India?

11 May, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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"References against me in NAB are related to baseless media report", Nawaz said clarifying his stance adding that his media trial had become NAB's sole mission. The report had claimed that the World Bank's migration and remittance book 2016 had carried this information. "Does it not know that reputed newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, Dawn, Business Recorder had reported on the issue?", he asked.

PPP parliamentary leader Naveed Qamar said they should not create a wrong precedent by summoning the head of an institution as it could be termed interference in NAB affairs. "Failing to do so, the NAB should apologise to the nation and the chairman should resign", Sharif demanded.

Sharif, who stepped down from the country's top office following his disqualification by Supreme Court a year ago, added that severity of the allegations could not be ignored.

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Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the NAB probe against his brother, Nawaz Sharif should be investigated to determine who is behind the move. He said that the body was doing its job and will continue to do so in unveiling corruption in the country.

"The NAB does not need any advertisement or any appreciation". Accountability is not a crime, if it is, then we are doing it for the country's progress.

Talking to media in Lahore, the minister said "Aliens" have the people's mandate in their hands and they are the ones who have sent home 13 reigning prime ministers and presidents. "The situation right now is that we can't tolerate corruption any more", the NAB chairman said.

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However, the World Bank denied the media reports claiming that its 2016 report on remittances mentioned that Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif laundered 4.9 billion dollars to India, raising a question on the credibility of the anti-corruption watchdog.

Abbasi speaking in the National Assembly accused the NAB of bias against Sharif and targeting him on the basis of a report which had already been rejected.

"This is shameless pre-poll rigging", the three-time Prime Minister asserted. He has also been disqualified from holding public office for life.

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