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Wednesday Mar 20 2019

PPP's fault that it did not change NAB law: Bilawal


RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said the National Accountability Bureau was created for political engineering and that it was his party's fault that it did not change NAB's "black law" during its tenure in government. 

Speaking to reporters and party workers following his appearance before the anti-corruption watchdog in the long-running fake bank accounts case, Bilawal said NAB was created for political engineering and to steal the PPP's mandate. 

“It was our fault, our weakness that we did not change this [NAB] black law during our tenure in government,” he lamented, adding that his party will continue to raise its voice against NAB's "black law."

"The case for which I was summoned, I became a shareholder of that company when I was younger than one year old. These people are starting my accountability from that age."

Bilawal added that his party workers would get notices after making speeches in the National Assembly but this did not scare them.

“We will continue to raise our voices against outlawed organisations. We will continue to demand the resignation of those three federal cabinet ministers who are associated with banned outfits," he reiterated. 

"We are not afraid of [any] JIT, NAB and puppet government. We faced Musharraf's dictatorship before, we will also face this puppet government," Bilawal vowed.

Bilawal and Asif Ali Zardari were questioned by NAB at the watchdog's Rawalpindi headquarters earlier today. A press release by NAB said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari were questioned by the combined investigation team (CIT) under the supervision of DG NAB Rawalpindi Irfan Mangi for approximately two hours in three cases.

NAB also handed a questionnaire to the two on the three cases and informed that this should be submitted to the CIT within 10 days. The press release added that NAB would legally evaluate responses given by the two today and those to the questionnaire and decide if they are to be summoned in these three cases again.

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