‘Govt policy to avoid intervening in NAB activities makes it independent body’

ISLAMABAD - A day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hit out at the National Accoun­tability Bureau (NAB) for recent raids on government offices, a spokesperson of the accountability body has said it respected the prime minister and his opinion.

“Government’s policy to avoid intervening in NAB activities is what makes the body independent,” the spokesperson said. The accountability process should be improved according to the directives given by the prime minister, he said.

NAB, which operates under the National Accountability Ordinance 1999, is tasked to eliminate corruption from Pakistan through a holistic approach involving awareness, prevention and enforcement.

“NAB needs to take up cases only after thorough initial investigation. No one should be harassed without verification and solid proof,” said the prime minister while addressing a gathering of Pakistan Muslim League-N’s local government representatives in Bahawalpur on Tuesday.

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