In this Monday, July 31, 2017 photo, Pakistan's premier-designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi the Parliament house in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's lower house of parliament on Tuesday elected Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, less than a week after the Supreme Court disqualified thrice-elected Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Terming the NAB (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, an “NRO for the government”, former prime minister and PML-N senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday said the motive was to conceal the alleged corruption of the rulers.

Addressing a press conference, Abbasi accused the NAB chairman of serving the prime minister’s interests. “No official notification has been issued so far for the ordinance,” he said, adding that he had only seen the president tweet about it.

Criticising the federal government, the PML-N leader said NAB takes no action against the elements involved in sugar, wheat and medicine scams, adding that it also does not ask questions from tax invaders.

The anti-graft watchdog was unable to question Pakistanis named in the Pandora Papers, he added.

“The NAB chairman must pack up and leave if the prime minister does not hold consultations with the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly over the matter,” Abbasi said.


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