Islamabad, May 16 (TNS): National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal reportedly said on Wednesday that he could not appear before the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice due to prior commitments.
The anti-graft watchdog’s chairman is scheduled to appear before the NA panel on May 22 at 2:00pm.
Earlier, NAB spokesperson had denied that the NAB would not attend Wednesday meeting.
The spokesman told local media that the chairman had not made a decision.
“The chairman is deliberating over appearing before the NA panel at the on-going ENM meeting.
”The committee had summoned Iqbal in connection with a NAB press release stating its intentions to investigate former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s alleged money laundering.
The anti-graft watchdog had taken notice of a two-year-old World Bank report doing the rounds on media that Nawaz had laundered $4.9 billion to India.
The claims were shot down by the Washington-based multilateral agency on the same day as its local office denied that allegations were levelled against the PML-N leader in its remittance report.
“In the past day, there have been media reports citing the World Bank’s Remittances and Migration Report of 2016. These media reports are incorrect,” stated World Bank. “The report does not include any mention of money laundering nor does it name any individuals.”
Similarly, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had also categorically rejected the report in 2016 that suggested an outflow of $4.9 billion from Pakistan to India as remittances and had termed it contrary to facts.