Maryam Nawaz accuses Imran Khan of ‘blackmailing’ outgoing NAB chief

LAHORE: PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has said that “strict action” should be taken against former prime minister Imran Khan for “blackmailing” former NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal through objectionable videos.

In response to PTI’s criticism over amendments to NAB law, the ruling party leader said those who were raising hue and cry over the changes in the accountability laws targeted their political opponents by blackmailing the former NAB chief.

“He [Imran Khan] tricked Tayyaba and kept her at Prime Minister House for weeks. Took videos of chairman NAB from her then blackmailed him through these videos to get verdicts of their choice,” she wrote on her official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

In May 2019, the audio and video clips relating to the alleged conduct of the then NAB chairman with regard to a woman identified as Tayyaba Khatun facing investigation by NAB authorities had taken politico-media by storm. The anti-graft watchdog had rebutted the allegations.

Information Minister joins the chorus 

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday said Imran Khan and the former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman should be behind bars for trampling upon the law and justice of the country.

Responding to PTI chief’s statement, Marriyum said, “Imran’s corruption had been exposed for the entire country to see and he could no longer harp on false narratives and accusatory politics. The four years of incompetence and corruption were now known to people who had figured out Imran’s false narrative of accountability to persecute his political opponents. He went to insane lengths to file false cases against the opposition, But even after abusing all resources and power, Imran could not prove a single penny of corruption on the opposition leaders. He embarrassed himself in front of UK’S National Crime Agency and Broadsheet where his false allegations were dismissed.”

The minister said after crushing the masses under inflation for four years and misleading them over false conspiracy narrative, Imran now wanted to deceive the nation over NAB laws. This was because he wanted to use NAB for political victimisation so that he could imprison political opponents in death row cells once again, she added.

She pointed out that Imran should have been in jail but instead Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was appearing before courts over these political cases.

“The truth was that even after abusing NAB, FIA, and Prime Minister’s Office, Imran could not prove anything but he continued violating the human rights of political opponents. Maryam Nawaz too was dragged to courts over these false allegations and made up cases,” she said.

Imran’s hoopla over NAB was nothing but an attempt to hide his own corruption, she added.

Marriyum clarified that the recent amendment in NAB law would have no bearing on the cases already in process. But even after knowing this, Imran continued to lie to the people of Pakistan because he could only misguide them, she said.

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