LAHORE: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Javed Iqbal on Thursday said no businessman approached the accountability watchdog complaining about hurdles created by the organisation in doing business.
Addressing an event attended by a large number of businessmen in Lahore, Javed Iqbal said a NAB director was appointed to resolve complaints of businessmen and all the regions were directed to do so and inform the relevant people about it.
“Today, it has been 4 months and 28 days and no complaint by a businessman has been received by those directors. If NAB had created such a panic, then at least 4/5 businessmen would have approached the organization,” he said.
The chairman NAB said he had received one complaint regarding notices received by hundred flour mills and the complaint was immediately resolved. “I told him that before your leaving the NAB building, the order will be withdrawn, which happened”. He said he also directed an inquiry into sending the notices to the flour mills.
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He said no plea bargain could take place without his approval. He also dared that nobody could tell you that he presented himself for plea bargain and he was not offered a good deal.
No case of tax issues would be handled by the NAB, he said. Giving punishment or vindicating was the prerogative of the court, he maintained.
“When constructors of the nation would commit mistake they would be held accountable. NAB does nothing out of its circle,” he said.
Javed Iqbal said no case of bank defaulter had been pursued without consent of the bank. The NAB never saw the case of bank defaulter directly, he added.
He said evasion of tax was different from money laundering. He also said that it was totally rubbish that the government was interfering in the NAB affairs.