NAB chairman bars officers from giving media interviews

08:20 PM | 12 Nov, 2018
NAB chairman bars officers from giving media interviews
ISLAMABAD - The Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday barred all its officers from giving any media interviews after opposition politicians accused a top official in Lahore of conducting a "media trial".

In a press release here today, Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, the head of the anti-corruption watchdog, said only the bureau's spokesperson would be responsible for giving NAB's version to the media and public.

NAB respects all the honourable members of the assembly, the chairman said in the press release. He added that the bureau has sought the record of media interviews by NAB Director-General Lahore Maj (retd) Shahzad Saleem from the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

Last week, leaders of opposition parties accused Saleem of carrying out a "media trial" of opposition politicians and tabled a privilege motion in the National Assembly urging the "immediate intervention" of the House in the matter.

On Thursday, Saleem appeared on at least five political talk shows on different TV channels to talk about the ongoing corruption allegations against former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Earlier today, the NAB chairman was briefed at the bureau's office in the provincial capital on major corruption cases and the matter pertaining to the director-general's TV interviews.