Chairman NAB takes notice of DG NAB Lahore TV interviews

Islamabad: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal on Friday took notice of recent TV interviews given by Director General (DG) NAB Lahore Saleem Shahzad, who opposition MNAs have accused of maligning and conducting a media trial against them, and of disclosing information about sub-judice matters with the consent of the chairman.

Opposition parties today submitted a privilege motion in the National Assembly Secretariat, calling to attention to what they called a “media trial” by the DG NAB Lahore during his appearance on news channels.

Shahzad appeared on ‘Dunya Kamran Khan Kay Sath‘ on Dunya News, ‘Off The Record‘ on ARY News, ‘Nadeem Malik Live’ on Hum News, ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath‘ on Geo News, and ‘Awaz‘ on Samaa TV — all over the last two days, according to the motion.

The motion said that Shahzad had given interviews to multiple news channels “with the consent” of the NAB chairman. The NAB Lahore DG “provided details of the matters that are sub-judice” and “maligned the reputation” of opposition members in the National Assembly, the motion said.

The notice also accused Shahzad of revealing confidential information and urged the National Assembly to intervene in the matter immediately.

Following criticism by lawmakers during today’s NA session, NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal took notice of the matter and sought a complete record of Shahzad’s interview from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) “so that action could be taken in the light of the law”.

The anti-corruption body, in a press release, made it clear that it “respects all the honourable members of the Parliament”.

“This has to be seen whether anything contrary to the facts was said, and that if the pride of any MPs was hurt, then how did it happen,” NAB noted.