Khaqan Abbasi again demands to abolish NAB

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi once again demanded to abolish NAB.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaking to the media outside the accountability court of Islamabad here on Monday said that the so-called process of accountability is going on and this process is only to defame the politicians.

He said that he had stated many times that the institution of NAB should be abolished for the survival of the country. I have been coming here for many years and have made 70 appearances.

The former prime minister said that NAB has not accused us of corruption, our culprit is the chairman of NAB. We have to take account of him. Now is the time of confession and Javed Iqbal should also confess.

Earlier, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the PML-N-led government will not fall as a result of the long march.

Abbasi’s remarks come a few hours after PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced the date for the long march yesterday. He said his party’s much-awaited long march will start on Friday, October 28. The march will start from Lahore’s Liberty Chowk at 11am, he announced.

Speaking on the Geo news programme ‘Aaj Shahzzeb Khanzada Kay Sath‘ on Tuesday, he called into question the timing of the PTI’s long march, saying, “Why does a long march take place whenever bilateral relations with China get off the ground?”

He said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan may opt to do whatever he wills but the government is not going anywhere. “Imran Khan may launch a long march or as he wishes, the government will remain as it is,” he insisted.

However, he warned that neither politics nor democracy will survive in the country if a tradition takes hold to overthrow the government through long marches.

Abbasi said that Imran Khan lost 13 by-elections while in power.

It is not a Delhi seat that whoever captured it became a ruler, the PML-N leader said, adding it is incumbent upon the state and constitutional institutions to defend the government.

Replying to a query regarding the allegations of abuse by Senator Azam Swati, the former premier said that the PTI leader should file a plea for an investigation into the charges. The inquiry will not be conducted at the behest of Imran Khan, he noted.

Referring to the death of renowned journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi underscored the need to avoid politicising the issue. Yet, people like Imran Khan capitalize on such incidents by not giving them a miss, he said.