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NA Body Cancels Meeting With NAB Chairman

Islamabad (May 22, 2018): A meeting between the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Law and Justice and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) slated was cancelled Monday night.

Earlier, the NA body had summoned Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, the NAB chairperson, to appear at 2 PM today (Tuesday) after he asked to be excused from the prior session on May 16.

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No reason, however, was provided in the memo for the decision to cancel the meeting. On Saturday, an update to the meeting agenda revealed that it had been changed to an in-camera briefing. Sources had informed that the NAB chair confirmed his availability for the Tuesday meeting.Chairman NAB to Appear Before NA’s Standing Committee TodayJustice (retd) Iqbal was directed to give a briefing on the probe into allegations of money laundering against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

On May 16, Accepting the request submitted by NAB representative Irfan Naeem Mangi, the NA committee asked the chairman to appear before it on May 22(today).

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The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice had summoned Chairman NAB to appear before it to clarify the issue of initiation of a controversial inquiry against deposed premier Nawaz Sharif by the bureau into allegations of alleged money laundering to India

On May 8, NAB released a press statement announcing to initiate a complain verification against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for money laundering US$4.9 billion to India. After the controversy arises, the NAB on May 9 released another press release saying it had treated a three-month old column of a writer published in a daily Urdu newspaper as a complaint against Sharif.

In column, the writer has alleged that Sharif is involved in money laundering.

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