ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, Javed Iqbal, chairman of the anti-graft watchdog Justice (retired), negated the perception that the business community was troubled by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), stressed that the bureau was doing its best to resolve the business community’s problems.
“Justice Iqbal, meeting at the NAB headquarters with a delegation of the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA), said It is just speculated that the business community is reportedly upset by NAB behaviour. This is wrong.
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“In the country’s progress and prosperity, NAB has great regard for the valuable services of the business community,” he added.
A delegation of business tycoons called on Prime Minister Imran Khan last year on 29 October, the day after meeting with Army Chief of Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, and called for a study of cases against businessmen involving the depletion of public exchequer before forwarding the same to NAB. The industry tycoons supposedly raised concerns over what they termed “high NAB handedness.”
In a meeting with the PCGA delegation, the NAB leader recognised the role played by the business community in the country’s economic growth. He said A prosperous business community makes a prosperous Pakistan.”
Interestingly, Deputy Senate Chairman and influential businessman Saleem Mandviwala reported a few days ago that he will ensure that NAB was included in the list of blacklisted foreign organisations. He called NAB an outfit for the “anti-business community.”
Justice Iqbal said that NAB was doing its national duties in compliance with the law and firmly believed in every individual’s self-respect. “NAB is a friendly institution for people,” he emphasised.