SJC moved for sacking NAB chairman


ISLAMABAD: A local leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has moved the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal for allegedly leveling baseless allegations against Nawaz Sharif.

Earlier, the petitioner Noor Muhammad Awan had filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) against NAB chairman, which was rejected by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar. Noor Muhammad had demanded the sacking of NAB chairman through his petition.

Per the rules, if any allegation is made against any judge of the superior judiciary or NAB chairman, then the matter is referred to SJC.

The petitioner said in his plea that allegations leveled by politicians against their rivals under political motives are acceptable. However, a revered institution like NAB should not become a tool in any political campaign against any politician, it added. The petition also said that it is the basic responsibility of NAB to avoid issuing a press release with reference to such allegations which need more investigation.

Moreover, the petition said that NAB chairman had issued a press release on May 8 that Nawaz Sharif transferred American $ 4.9 billion to India through money laundering.

The petition further said that Justice (r) Javed Iqbal is unable to perform his duties by staying neutral. Therefore, he should be sacked from his post.

He demanded in his petition that NAB chairman should either tender an unconditional apology or SJC should give a just decision in this case.