Islamabad : Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday sought an apology from Pakistan’s anti-graft body, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), and demanded the resignation of its Chairman Javed Iqbal if the watchdog fails to prove money laundering allegations against him.

Addressing a press conference at the Punjab House here, Sharif gave a 24-hour deadline to NAB to provide evidence against him and others for allegedly laundering $4.9 billion to India.  “The NAB Chairman should present all evidence against me within 24 hours. If you fail to present evidence, then you should publicly apologise to the nation and resign,” he was quoted as saying by Geo News.

“NAB’s approach is weakening democracy,” claimed Nawaz. Earlier this week, the watchdog swung into action about two years after a media report alleged that $4.9 billion was laundered from Pakistan to India in 2016. However, the World Bank refuted reports claiming its Remittances and Migration Report included the mention of money laundering or named individuals. “It has been proven now how the head of an institution (NAB) made my media trial a mission. References against me in NAB are related to baseless media reports,” claimed Sharif.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal