PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif shot back at the National Accountability Bureau on Thursday, saying that the watchdog’s allegations against him were “shameful”.
Sharif was referring to NAB’s probe against him, involving alleged money laundering of $4.9 billion to India.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the ousted prime minister said the cases being heard against him by an accountability court are also based on unverified media reports, resulting from the Panama Papers leaks.
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“I have appeared approximately 70 times in the ‘bogus’ accountability cases,” he said, adding that NAB and its chairman have lost all credibility.
“You shall remember that I was not named in the Panama Papers but whatever happened is in front of you.”
He claimed that the joint investigation team made by the Supreme Court could not prove corruption of a “single penny” against him.
“But it had been decided to oust me and so an iqama, a visa, was used to disqualify me.”
After Panama Papers, presenting a distorted version of World Bank report is a part of the same conspiracy against me.
“Does NAB not know that the World Bank had issued a clarification? Does it not know that reputed newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, Dawn, Business recorder had reported on the issue?”
“Despite all of this, using an unknown column in an unknown newspaper published four months ago, was used to begin an investigation [against me].”
Sharif demanded that the NAB chairman bring forward evidence to prove the allegations against him or resign.
“It is NAB’s duty to answer all my questions within 24 hours and address these reservations. Failing to do so, NAB should apologise to the nation and the chairman resign.”
The disqualified prime minister thanked the media which he said had conducted a “post-mortem” of the issue hours after NAB ordered the inquiry against him and presented the facts.
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