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NAB chairman is important for govt not economy: Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said that country’s economy is collapsing but government is focused on extending the tenure of NAB chairman. 

Speaking to news men, Shahid Khaqan, said that chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) retired four days ago but government has still not initiated consultation for the new head of the anti-graft watchdog because the government wants to keep the incumbent chairman as he is tasked to target opposition.

Replying to a question, the former prime minister said that the PDM would hold a meeting in Faisalabad on October 16, while a meeting would be held on October 18 to decide the next course of action.

The PML-N leader added that NAB Amendment Ordinance will be challenged in courts as well as Senate because the ordinance is being used to hide government’s thefts and corruption.

Talking about relations with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the former prime minister said that the party is consulted on issues related to opposition but it is not part of the anti-government alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

Earlier, accountability court in Islamabad had conducted hearing on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import contract case today (Tuesday).

During the proceedings, the accused requested the court to dismiss the case on basis of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance 2021.

Meanwhile, NAB representatives opposed the appeal to dispose of the reference.