Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Bilawal also asks for NAB shutdown after PML-N

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After Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also called for the shutdown of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and calling it a “scar on the country’s legal structure” “Our first move should be to end and close NAB, as it is a stain on the face of Pakistan’s legal system and both parties will focus on it,” the Lahore PPP chairman said. It was his first press conference since the decision of the Supreme Court—about the bail given to Khawaja brothers of PML-N—in which NAB was strongly criticized.

The Chairman of the PPP went on to say that there was no justification for “NAB to stay” despite the Supreme Court decision. He also added: “NAB president, who at one stage was a lawyer, would quit whether he had any appreciation or had read the judgment.”
“If this land’s supreme court sets forth certain issues then we can’t drop it here. Parliament will function swiftly, “the PPP president added. He also hit the “selectors” stating that if a government is established by NAB and control is granted to “listed pygmies,” then the economy of Pakistan would be like this.

Bilawal also claimed that the NAB would “clarify” itself, as the order of the Supreme Court says it did not take action against the mega corruption cases of the country. “The NAB will promptly begin an inquiry into the case of foreign support, BRT, billion tree incidents, declaration of assets by special assistants and dual nationality,” Bilawal questioned.

Unless his party had made such a remark, Bilawal said, they would have “seen an opportunity outside middle cases and the media would have proclaimed them to be traitors. “If our structure is two-faced then how will he [NAB Chairman] come to say that transparency is going to be achieved from head to? “Bilawal demanded and called for an end to the” joke “with Pakistan. Bilawal is not the first to ask for a new oversight agency, the PML-N too had submitted the same claim.

In its thorough judgement on a bail petition filed by PML-N members Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khawaja Salman Rafique in the case of the Paragon Housing Society, the Supreme Court on Monday highlighted significant lapses in NAB’s due process and legal procedure. The court highlighted the meaning and intent of bail as well as fair process in criminal proceedings in the comprehensive, 87-page decision, penned by Justice Maqbool Baqar.

According to the judge, it was unfortunate that “even after 72 years after our nation was founded, and after 47 years after the Constitution was adopted, we were not able to understand the meaning and substance of the principles set out therein.” Justice Baqar went on to conclude that the present situation was “a textbook example of trampling on constitutional freedoms, unconstitutional violation of liberty and equality and utter disrespect for human integrity as enshrined in the Constitution.”

The judge also criticized the anti-graft inspector for various acts and procedures, claiming that his “behavior in this trial is a direct example of their utter contempt for justice, fair play, fairness and wealth.”