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PML-N for special parliamentary body to probe NAB chairman controversy

ISLAMABAD, May 27 (WNP): Parliamentary leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Khawaja Muhammad Asif Monday proposed to form a special parliamentary committee to probe the recent controversial video clip circulating on social media about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.

“I suggest on behalf of my party and opposition parties that a special parliamentary committee be formed to look into the matter and make things clear,” he said while speaking on the floor of the lower house.

He said the NAB chairman was being blackmailed after he, in an informal interaction with some journalists, hinted that some government personalities could come under grip of the bureau in coming days. The situation had been created to escape the NAB laws, he added.

He claimed that the PML-N had tried to make certain amendments in NAB laws in collaboration with the government, but no due attention was given towards improving the accountability laws.

Asif was of the view that NAB laws were framed during the tenure of a dictator with an aim to gauge political opponents.

“Power has a shelve-life, which we had forgotten,” Asif said adding whosoever were in power now, would have to face same accountability laws in the future when they would not be  in the government.

Currently, he said, all opposition parties were facing cases under existing NAB laws.

He said National Assembly passed the 26th Constitutional Amendment moved by a private lawmaker with consensus and 278 members voted in favor of it while no dissenting note was witnessed.

He said this amendment was aimed at giving increased representation to ex-FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and National Assembly.

Unfortunately, this constitutional amendment bill had not been taken up in the Senate so far because some elements are conspiring against representation to people of erstwhile FATA in assemblies.

He urged to resolve the problems of people living in ex-FATA in political manner and bring them in political mainstream.

He also condemned attack on military check post in North Wazrisitan and said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister and ministers for defence and interior should take up this issue to proactively resolve them.

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