Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is an autonomous body which takes decisions on its own without any government influence.
The foreign minister said this while responding to a question in Multan about the verbal spat between the accountability watchdog and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. Earlier on Saturday, Chaudhry and NAB had traded barbs once again after the former ordered an inquiry into the minister’s tweet regarding PTI leader Aleem Khan’s case.
Qureshi said: “It [NAB] doesn’t work under the government, we cannot influence it. We can’t bring it under pressure [and] neither will it take decisions at our behest. NAB has to take decisions and it is autonomous. Our expectation is for NAB to support us in the process to eradicate corruption. The eradication of corruption is a pillar of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s agenda.”
“We want corrupt elements, no matter which party they belong to, to be uprooted and the class which had caused losses to the national exchequer to be held accountable.